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Away from tension with the U.S. and Israel, Iran has long attempted to bolster perceptions that it is emerging as a major player on the global stage.

Last month, Tehran hosted the summit for the Non-Aligned Movement, whose 120 member countries do not include the United States or much of Europe. During the summit, Iran was granted control of the movement’s rotating three-year presidency.

Mr. Ahmadinejad consistently pushes a message that the U.N. is unfairly controlled by Western powers. His appearances over the years in New York have driven headlines and triggered debate over the extent to which the rest of the world draws any inspiration from his position or simply finds him insulting and outrageous.

The past year brought the leveling of deep sanctions against Iran by the United States, which also has attempted to lead a global embargo of Iranian oil in order to pressure the Islamic republic into proving to the world that it is not pursuing nuclear weapons.

The developments have coincided with friction between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog — the International Atomic Energy Agency — over a lack of transparency of the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Security Council meeting later Wednesday that Iran had ignored numerous demands by the body to cooperate with the IAEA and resolve doubts about its nuclear program.

She accused Iran of sponsoring terrorist groups and smuggling weapons to the Assad regime.

“Meanwhile, the Iranian people themselves suffer gross violations of their rights at the hand of their own government,” she said.

Guy Taylor in Washington contributed to this report.