Monday, August 30, 2004

Rafsanjani: U.S. attack exacerbated regional crisis

Description of Selected News: "U.S. attack exacerbated regional crisis: EC chairman


TEHRAN (IRNA) -- The Expediency Council Chairman here Sunday referred to the recent actions of the U.S. and other occupation forces in the region resulting in their failure and said that the moves only exacerbated the regional crisis and gave momentum to global terrorism.

Speaking at a meeting with members of Islamic Association of Pupils, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani added that upon the failure of the U.S. attempts to reinforce Israel and get a grip on Iraq's oil resources; they helplessly attacked Najaf which again led to their shameful defeat.

In response to pupils’ question whether he will contend in the 9th term of the presidential elections, he expressed his desire to avoid facing such a position and added that if his presence is deemed necessary and in favor of the Islamic Revolution at any point in time, he would not hesitate to do so.

Asked to elaborate on the issue of nuclear technology, he said that given the crucial role of the technology and its role in the national interests, Iran will no way overlook its right to the effect.

Turning to competent manpower as the main assets of nations and countries, he said the higher the scientific stance and ethics of the young generation, the better assets they will turn out to be in the future.

A report released by EC Public Relations Department said that prior to Rafsanjani's speech, the representative of the Supreme Leader to the Islamic Association of Pupils, Hojatoleslam Mohammad-Javad Hajj Ali-Akbari, presented a report on the activities and achievements of the association and those currently underway."

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