Iranian FM Heckled in Ireland

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DUBLIN, Ireland - Protesters heckled Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki during an appearance at Dublin's Institute of International and European Affairs on Wednesday, where he decried the latest round of U.N. sanctions against Iran's nuclear program.

"Unfortunately [the Security Council] has moved to a confrontational approach," Mottaki said, "which is not reasonable."

Demonstrators outside the building chanted "death to the dictator" and "death to Khamenei."

Two of the protesters managed to confront Mottaki inside the building, heckling him from the audience as he spoke. Mottaki's security guards drug one man from the building and shoved another, who said he was Iranian, down a flight of stairs, kicking him repeatedly as he fell.

Click here to view some of the protest on YouTube.

In a question-and-answer session following his speech, Mottaki said "allegations on [Iran's] human rights [record] should not be politicized."

Mottaki's bodyguards shielded him with an umbrella as he exicted the building against protesters who hurled eggs and kicked at his car.

Police arrested three of the protesters. 

Earlier in the day, Mottaki met with Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin.

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement afterward, saying the meeting covered "areas of bilateral interest between Ireland and Iran, including trade issues, and had a particular focus on the development of stronger education links between Ireland and Iran."

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The Irish Times contributed to this report.

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