We don't have a major problem right now in our country, and life is normal. Things like unemployment, which the youth are suffering from, and the rate of inflation - these are chronic conditions and we have to solve them.

— Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

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The problem is that the Iraqi people are facing atrocities from both sides - Zarqawi and also the American troops at times. The Zarqawi groups uses car bombs, the Americans use other bombs. You also know what they do in the prisons.

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We have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion.

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We did not treat the Americans badly.

They left Iran in a relaxed mood. The embassy was active here after the revolution. We didn't have any problem with them. They started it.

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We want all the Palestinians back in their homeland, and then there can be a fair referendum for people to choose the form of state they want. Whoever gets the majority can rule.

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I believe the main solution is to gain the trust of Europe and America and to remove their concerns over the peaceful nature of our nuclear industry and to assure them that there will never be a diversion to military use.

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I think the elections have gone well, although there is so much insecurity in Iraq. So far during the counting of ballots, there has not been a significant complaint. We have to wait to see what the outcome of the counting is.

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When I talk about the assets, that was at the beginning of the talks.

I was president then. I'm not president now. When I said it, this would be a sign of goodwill to begin the talks.

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We do not trust the goodwill of the U.S. They have cut the ties.

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Europe resolved a great problem-the problem of the Zionist danger.

The Zionists, who constituted a strong political party in Europe, caused much disorder there. Since they had a lot of property and controlled an empire of propaganda, they made the European governments helpless.

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I think that Americans should gradually begin to adopt positive behavior rather than doing evil. They should not expect an immediate reaction in return for their positive measures. It will take time.

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When al-Qaeda was on the run from Afghanistan crossing through Iran, some were arrested and they are imprisoned. Some of them are charged with some actions in Iran.

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Each department and institution has its own authorities and responsibilities, and they act on that basis. It is wrong to even compare such actions to what is done in Guantanamo or elsewhere by the Americans. They do not stand on a high moral platform to preach to others.

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About Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Quotes 26 sayings
Profession Former President of Iran
Birthday August 25, 1934

If (the West) shows its rigidity by making unjust decisions and putting their threats into practice, the Iranian people will not be the only ones to pay the price.

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We don't have any bad memories of the people of the United States.

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Iran is determined to use peaceful nuclear technology and no intimidation or threat can make us give it up.

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There is no doubt that America is a superpower of the world and we cannot ignore them.

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Passing a tough resolution or threatening Iran will not bring about the desired outcome.

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This democracy... The elections in Iraq were held despite the American opposition. It was the will of the Iraqi people and the religious authorities. [The elections] were the result of pressure by Ayatollah Sistani, by the Iraqi religious authorities, and by the fighting forces in Iraq on America. They left the US no choice but to allow the elections.

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Condi Rice talks tough but she cannot be tough herself.

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The possibility of a war under the current circumstances is not far-fetched and there is some evidence for that.

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The important matter is freedom. When the people choose what they want, it is good for them and for us.

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I have no idea what the U.S. intends to do further there and what would be the reaction of the Iraqi people. I only know that the sole option is to leave Iraq to the Iraqi people.

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The United States is a big country but unfortunately it seems it has the brain of a little bird not befitting the greatness of the country.

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Im not satisfied with the progress of the work, but I am happy that the talks are going on. It might have a negative effect if the United States joins.

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If we have any problems, it's always with the government of the United States.

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