TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lashed out at the UN nuclear watchdog on Saturday for presenting what he said was a biased report against Tehran. It is clearly evident that a part of this report has been presented following recommendation and under the influence of foreign elements, Rafsanjani said, referring to Thursdays release of a report by the UN body expressing concerns that Tehran could be developing a nuclear warhead. It cannot be said that this is the work of an independent international centre, the official IRNA news agency quoted Rafsanjani as saying about the International Atomic Energy Agency. Rafsanjani said the report was a psychological war by the US and others against the Islamic republic. The volume of threats and biased political suggestions which seek to generate a consensus against Iran have been unprecedented. But they will not prevail, he said. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast too criticised the IAEA report. We expect the IAEA to preserve its identity and reputation and not allow the political will of some countries to be imposed on the world community, Mehmanparast said, according to IRNA. Denouncing the report as a Western attempt at politically pressurising Iran, Mehmanparast also questioned the position of nations that are not signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and have acquired nuclear weapons without similar levels of criticism. These countries have nuclear weapons, but nobody questions them, he said in a clear allusion to Israel, which has the Middle Easts sole if undeclared nuclear arsenal.