Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today accused the West of causing drought in Iran and other countries in the region.
"Western countries have designed plans to cause drought in certain areas of the world, including Iran," Ahmadinejad said.
"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 added. “They (are) preventing rain clouds from reaching regional countries, including Iran," Ahmadinejad charged [IRNA, 19 May].
"Droughts in some regions spanning from Turkey and Iran to east of Asia are predicted for the next 30 years," Ahmadinejad said, quoting an unnamed Western politician. "The regions include countries whose culture and civilization frighten the West," Ahmadinejad added.
Iran has experienced several droughts in recent years. But this is the first time that Ahmadinejad has accused the West for causing them.