Friday, August 06, 2004

Rafsanjani Says U.S. Paying for Wrong Policies in Mideast

Top News Article | Reuters.com: "Iran Says U.S. Paying for Wrong Policies in Mideast

TEHRAN (Reuters) - The United States is paying the price for its mistaken Middle East policies with high oil prices and security scares at home, an influential Iranian cleric said on Friday.
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head a top advisory body to Iran's most powerful figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Washington only had itself to blame.
'With what you do in Palestine and Iraq ... how do you expect those who can, not to hit back at you?' he said in a Friday prayers sermon broadcast live on state radio.
'Eventually there will be dissatisfied, angry, righteous people as a result of such oppression, people who will use every opportunity to retaliate,' Rafsanjani said.
He said record high oil prices had also been caused by U.S. policies in the region.
'They came to the Persian Gulf to become the king of oil and control it, but contrary to their expectations, oil prices doubled,' Rafsanjani said. 'Calm cannot be restored to the world like this, they must revise their policies.'
Washington accuses Tehran of supporting terrorism and trying to build a nuclear arsenal. Iran denies the charges.
Washington severed relations with Iran after radical Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 and took dozens of diplomats hostage. "

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