Iran Asks Developing Nations to Unite

TEHRAN -- Iran's president called on Tuesday for developing nations to unite against what he said was bias by the UN Security Council, which the Islamic Republic accuses of siding with the West in a nuclear row.

Iran wants to broaden international support for what it says is a peaceful drive to use nuclear technology but which the United States and the West says is a bid to make atomic bombs.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told ministers from the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran that the Security Council and other world bodies were being manipulated by some world powers.

He accused the powers of trying to deny others peaceful nuclear energy while they themselves stockpiled atomic weapons.

"The major powers are on a descending course. The extent of their influence drops day by day. They are approaching the end of their era," Ahmadinejad told the gathering.