TEHRAN, May 29 (MNA) -- The Expediency Council Strategic Research Center issued a statement on Friday criticizing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent remarks about the country’s nuclear negotiations of 2003.

Over the past few days, senior officials of the Ahmadinejad administration have criticized the nuclear policies of the administration of former president Mohammad Khatami.

 

In the past, presidents would highlight the achievements of their first four-year term in their reelection campaigns, the statement said.

 

However, some officials are now following a policy of criticizing previous administrations due to their dearth of achievements, it added.

 

In his campaign speeches over the past 10 days, Mr. Ahmadinejad criticized Iran’s negotiations with the European powers in 2003 at least three times and went as far to call the agreement that was reached “disgraceful”, the EC Strategic Research Center said.

 

In 2003, Iran voluntarily agreed to temporarily suspend enrichment of uranium to build confidence in the negotiations over its nuclear program. 

 

The statement added that some other officials have made similar accusations, which encourage speculation that the current administration is seeking to divert attention from the state of the nation over the past four years.

 

Less than two weeks after the nuclear negotiations with Germany, France, and Britain, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei explicitly supported the outcome of the talks, the EC Strategic Research Center noted.

 

The statement also said that some officials are attempting to give people the impression that Iran only removed international seals from its uranium enrichment facilities after Ahmadinejad took office, while Iran’s previous administration broke some of these seals on three separate occasions, which did not lead to sanctions or political problems for the country.

    

It is unfortunate that some historical facts have been intentionally denied over the past four years, it said.

 

The reality is that Iran’s nuclear program was launched during former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s term in office, and the administrations of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami played significant roles in promoting the development of this technology, the statement pointed out.  

   

The EC Strategic Research Center said that instead of censuring previous administrations, the president is expected to answer the questions of experts and other citizens about his handling of state affairs during his presidency.

 

It is unfortunate that the president has not addressed issues such as the current inflation rate, the billions of dollars that have gone missing, illegal imports, and the decision to eliminate the country’s Management and Planning Organization as well as hundreds of other questions and ambiguous points, it added.     

 

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