Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made a series of outrageous accusations against the West and Israel during his tenure as Iranian president.
He has now added to his long litany of absurd comments.
According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper of Britain, Ahmadinejad is claiming that Western nations are conspiring to throw Iran into a serious drought (and thereby threaten its agriculture) by deliberately destroying rain clouds headed toward the country.
During a speech in the Caspian coastal city of Gonbad-e Kavus, Ahmadinejad declared: "Today our country is moving towards drought, which is partly unintentional due to industry and partly intentional, as a result of the enemy [the West] destroying the clouds moving towards our country and this is a war that Iran is going to overcome.”
The Telegraph noted that Iranian officials have made similar allegations against the West.
In July, Hassan Mousavi, a vice president of Iran and chief of the country’s cultural heritage organization, said: "The world arrogance and colonist (the West) are influencing Iran's climate conditions using technology,” according to Fars news agency.
"The drought is an acute issue and soft war is completely evident ... This level of drought is not normal.”
Ahmadinejad himself previously said he believed European countries were “emptying clouds” in order to generate rainstorms and in turn produce droughts across the Middle East.
“Western countries have designed plans to cause drought in certain areas of the world, including Iran,” he said.
“European countries are using special equipment to force clouds to dump water on their own continents. They prevent rain clouds from reaching regional countries, including Iran.”
Iran has one of the world’s driest climates; however this year it is experiencing serious droughts across much of the country, especially in the south, which is subject to violent sandstorms which spread from neighboring Iraq.
Palash has worked as a business journalist for 21 years in New York.