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TEHRAN, (AFP) – Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said Wikileaks has exposed the Islamic regime’s “vulnerability” due to its government’s policies which have left Tehran without allies in the Gulf.

US diplomatic memos released by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks have unveiled calls by Arab leaders in the Gulf for the destruction of Tehran’s nuclear programme as well as fear that a regional conflict is inevitable.

“Some of these documents clearly show our vulnerable situation in the region, a situation fuelled by adventurism,” Mousavi said in comments published on opposition website Qalamsabz on Saturday.

Mousavi accused the government of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of “inciting fear, of an extremely weak diplomacy and excessive displays of military power” in the region.

“They have ignored forming constructive ties with regional countries, and with these policies we do not have a real ally among our neighbours,” Mousavi said.

Ahmadinejad has laughed off the documents as “worthless” and insisted Tehran’s ties with its Arab neighbours would not be affected.

According to the leaked memos, Arab leaders in the Gulf have pressed the United States to halt Iran’s nuclear programme.

Mousavi, who was Iran’s prime minister during the 1980 to 1988 war against Iraq, ran against Ahmadinejad in the June 2009 presidential election and charged the poll was massively rigged to keep the hardliner in power.

Along with fellow opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, he has since led an anti-government campaign.

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