Friday, August 06, 2004

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on latest ''US terror threats'' Former Iranian president mocks latest ''US terror threats'': "Former Iranian president mocks latest ''US terror threats''
06-08-2004, 14:51

Former Iranian president and Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday urged the West to revise its current policy, given that it will not lead to tranquility.

Speaking at the weekly Friday prayers gathering in Tehran University campus, he called on the West to think about the actual reasons for the current situation.

"The crimes committed in Palestine make the human conscience suffer and what is going on in Iraq, such as Thursday attack on the holy city of Najaf harboring Imam Ali's (as) shrine breaks the human hearts."

Meanwhile, Israel which threatens the entire region is authorized to have nuclear weapons and kill the innocent people because of the double standards in the West's behaviour, the former leader added.

He added that the world powers themselves expect to be secure in their "glass houses" while the world people are insecure, and they wish to promote security in Israel, but not in Palestine.

"Both the Democrats and Republicans in the US have launched propaganda on such issues to their benefit when it comes to presidential elections, he conveyed.

According to IRNA, he said that a Pakistani guerrilla possessing some maps dating back to before the September 11 attacks disturbed the US and led to switching their security status from yellow to orange, a situation which brought shame on them.

Rafsanjani further noted that the US-led troops attacked Iraq with the intention of having full access to the Persian Gulf oil reserves and become the "king of oil."

However, against their will, the oil price almost doubled from its former rate of 24 dollars per barrel, he added. ("


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