| GEO World|
| Iran bars Khatami from leaving country: website|
| Updated at: 1651 PST, Thursday, April 15, 2010|
TEHRAN: Iran has barred former president Mohammad Khatami from leaving the country ahead of a trip he planned to make to Japan for a nuclear disarmament conference, a pro-reform website said Thursday.
The Parlemannews.ir website of the reformist bloc in parliament did not provide details of any reasons given for the travel ban.
Khatami, whose 1997-2005 presidency saw a thaw with the West under his "dialogue of civilisations", had been invited to attend the annual nuclear disarmament conference in Hiroshima.
The former president has been the target of virulent criticism by regime hardliners since he backed former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in last June's presidential election.