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Al-Sadr not in Iran, says FM spokesman

Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini here Sunday rejected claims on presence in Iran of Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

"He is not in Iran," stressed the spokesman at his weekly press conference. "This claim is unfounded and part of the US psychological warfare against Iran," he said.

Referring to the US propaganda against Iran, he said, "US officials first announced that al-Sadr had escaped from Iraq then they said he had the intention of travelling to Iran but Tehran did not grant him visa.

"Then they made unfounded claims on his presence in Iran." In response to a question on the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's readiness to hold talks with her Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki in case Iran suspends enrichment, the spokesman said, "The precondition is unacceptable."

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