US eyes Iran summit of non-aligned nations warily

AP News
Posted: Aug 20, 2012 4:07 PM
US eyes Iran summit of non-aligned nations warily

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says Iran doesn't deserve to host a summit of non-aligned nations later this month but is urging foreign leaders who decide to attend to press the Iranian government comply with international demands to come clean about its nuclear program.

The State Department predicted on Monday that would try to "manipulate" the Non Aligned Movement summit in Tehran to advance its own agenda and shift attention from its defiance of requirements to prove it is not trying to develop atomic weapons. The department also condemned anti-Israel comments made by Iranian officials over the weekend.

Several foreign leaders have already said they will attend the summit and the State Department said they should use the opportunity to push Iranian officials to address outstanding international concerns about their behavior.