Iranian president 'the target of an x-ray death plot'

President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the target of an X-ray radiation plot during his trip to Rome for the UN food summit, a senior diplomat has sensationally claimed.

Iran's ambassador to Italy, Abolfazl Zohrehvand, said that the would be assassins plnned to use extreme radiation in the place where President Moamoud Ahmadinejad was due to stay.

"One day before Ahmadinejad's trip, I checked and found out that the security X-ray machine set up in the place where he was staying gave off excessive radiation," Zohrehvand alleged.

The diplomat added: "First we suspected the machine was broken and after replacing it with another one it turned out that the radiation was controlled from another source."

Zohrevand stressed that when President Ahmadinejad entered the place for the food summit last month, the radiation increased and exceeded 1,000 so that the intensity of the radiation was completely felt inside the building.

The ambassador spoke out after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad himself said that he had been the target of an assassination plot during his landmark trip to Iraq in March and his aides spoke of a similar attempt in Rome.

Western news media focussed on the attendance of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at the UN meeting, which they condemned.

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