The Daily Telegraph

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Europe ‘stealing Iran’s rain’
The Daily Telegraph

Moments after the Iranian president made the startling claim at the inauguration of a dam in a central province, it started to rain.

« Western countries have designed plans to cause drought in certain areas of the world, including Iran, » Mr Ahmadinejad said in the city of Arak in Markazi province.

« According to reports on climate, whose accuracy has been verified, European countries are using special equipment to force clouds to dump » their water on their continent, he said. By doing so, « they prevent rain clouds from reaching regional countries, including Iran, » Mr Ahmadinejad charged.

Mr Ahmadinejad also recalled an article by « a Western politician, » whom he did not identify, in which « droughts in some regions spanning from Turkey and Iran to east of Asia are predicted for the next 30 years. »

« The regions (referred to in) the article … include countries whose culture and civilisation frighten the West, » Mr Ahmadinejad said in support of his argument. Iranian leaders claim on a daily basis that Western countries, led by arch-foe United States, devise « plots » to undermine the Islamic republic and to impede its economic and scientific development.