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Rouhani called House Speaker Newt Gingrich "immature and childish" for proposing an anti-ballistic missile defense system to counter Iranian missiles.Below are quotes by Rouhani:

United States an Enemy

“It is the Americans who should adopt a policy to enable us to resume ties with them,” Rouhani said. “America is now considered as an enemy which threatens the Islamic Republic of Iran."1

Hostility Toward Iranians

"The United States never speaks uniquely out of its concern for the future of the Iranian people," Mr. Rowhani said. "It pursues its own interest and tries to show hostility toward the Iranian people….The last American presidential elections, which took place in truly catastrophic and dramatic conditions, do not allow the United States to talk about elections in other countries."2

Mullahs’ Enmity

Rouhani said the Iranian people’s enmity with the United States is an historical, revolutionary, ideological and religious matter.3

Clinton Re-election

In response to Clinton’s re-election, Rouhani said, “Unfortunately we have experience with both Democrats and the Republican, but we have not seen anything except hostility toward Iran.”4

Scandalous Lies

The US imposed economic sanctions against Iran in 1995, in response to its support of terrorism and seeking nuclear weapons. In response, Rouhani said: "Washington and the Israeli regime are now publishing scandalous lies about Iran to divert international attention from what they are doing in the Middle East," He warned the US and Israel that “should they be tempted to antagonize Iran, the people and the armed forces of the country would give them a crushing response."5

Afghanistan

''The Afghan nation is beset by conspiracies plotted outside its borders,” Rouhani said. ''America's involvement in the Afghan crisis today is quite clear. That is why America has kept totally silent in the face of so many atrocities committed by the Taliban. This demonstrates that in the Afghan crisis, the Americans are seeking their own objectives. 'Considering the Vienna Convention and the U.N. Charter as well as the fact that presently no government rules over Afghanistan, Iran considers as lawful any action for restoration of its rights and also those of its citizens.”6

Taliban

Rouhani accused the US of backing the Taliban to create problems on Iran’s eastern borders, give Islam a bad name, and gain control of oil resources in the region. Rouhani said the Taliban “who know nothing about Islam, have been entrusted by Washington to tarnish the Moslem religion. The American officials’ and media’s silence on the latest developments in Afghanistan speaks volumes about US backing for the Taliban.”7

American Treacherous Interference

In November 1999, Iran’s parliament, under the leadership or Rouhani, approved legislation to allow Iranians to file lawsuits against foreign governments. Rouhani said, “All Iranian nationals who have suffered from the treacherous interference of America can file lawsuits against it.”8

Camp David Accords

“The main obstacle in the way of Tehran-Cairo ties is the Camp David Accord,” Rouhani told Moroccan Ambassador Muhammad Az-Zerval.9

Not One Person in Prison

Rouhani told Mr. de Villepin that there was “not one person in prison in Iran except when there is a judgment by a judge following a trial.”10

Tool of Big Powers

Rouhani said he had no faith in the UN or its human rights committee. He said “The human rights issue has become a tool in the hands of the big powers to exert political pressure on certain countries." Rouhani made the comment to Maurice Danby Copithorne, UN Special Representative for Iran Human Rights, after he cited a large number of executions, cases of torture, and inhuman treatment of prisoners.11

Will Cooperate Unless Punished

Rouhani said “Iran is ready to cooperate with the EU on human rights issues in case that no resolution is involved against Iran.” In other words, as long as the EU does not punish Iran for its human rights record, Iran will cooperate on the human rights.12

He said “Any foreign interference or pressure on Iran will not work….Iran has paid a heavy price for independence. The best method for bringing about mutual understanding on human rights is to develop constructive cooperation in this respect.”13

Iran Iraq War (Mullahs’ War)

Rouhani claimed Iran’s mullahs never attacked any country. “On the contrary, we were attacked directly by Iraq and the US,” he said, referring to Iraq’s invasion of Iran in September 1980 and later the US intervention in the war.14

Rouhani conveniently fails to mention that after 20 months Iraq sued for peace. Iran’s mullahs could have ended the war under favorable terms but instead they attacked Iraq, hoping to topple Saddam Hussein and install a theocratic regime. The war continued another six years to 1988. As a result of Rouhani and other top-ranking mullahs, millions of Iranian needlessly died. (See www.mullahswar.com)

Iraq

''The only solution to the Iraq situation ... is the establishment of real democracy'' in the Iraq, and ''the aim of the West was only to safeguard its own interests.'' Rouhani criticized Kuwait for its role in the Persian Gulf crisis, and said ''the United States is responsible for the position in which the Iraqi people find themselves today.''15

Warren Christopher’s Ignorance

In June 1993, US Secretary of State Warren Christopher said Iran was a “serious problem” and was seeking weapons of mass destruction. Rouhani responded stating that “such stupid remarks are merely evidence of Mr. Christopher’s ignorance and his interpretation of political issues.”16

Britain a Tool of Washington

Rouhani said Iran’s mullahs were surprised that Britain had made “undocumented and hollow claims [that Iran was having covert contacts with the IRA] at a time when other European countries are adopting positive views on their relations with Iran.” He said the British government was “becoming a tool in the hands of Washington and Israel intelligence services.”17

Gingrich Immature and Childish

Rouhani said Speaker of the House of Representative Newt Gingrich was guilty of “parochial ignorance” for proposing an anti-ballistic missile defense system to counter Iranian missiles. Rouhani said Gingrich’s remarks were a “prime example of state terrorism” and said the Speaker was “immature and childish” for proposing the new weapon system.18

Camp David Accords

Rouhani, in a meeting with Moroccan Ambassador Muhammad Az-Zerval, termed as “libel” the western claims that Iran intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries such as Egypt and Algeria. “The main obstacle in the way of Tehran-Cairo ties is the Camp David Accord,” said Rouhani.19

America’s Domineering Leadership

"Whether wanted or not, the Islamic Republic of Iran is shouldering the leadership of many communities of the world. But Iran's leadership is different from America's domineering leadership.”20

Palestinian Intifada

Rowhani said ''representatives of the Palestinian nation fell into humiliation by signing compromise deals, and in fact committed treason against the holy Palestinian ideal.'' Rowhani ''predicted that the Palestinian Intifada and the Islamic resistance in Lebanon, which are supported by Iran and Syria and the Islamic (world) at large, would bear fruit and restore the trampled rights of the Palestinians.”21

Oil & Enemies of Islam

In 1994, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced it would lift their boycott against companies in third countries that deal with Israel. The GCC included Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. Rouhani said ending the boycott was a “contravention of the will of the Moslem nations in the region” and expressed his support for using oil as political and economic leverage against “the enemies of Islam….”22

Rouhani said “The recent decision of the (GCC) foreign ministers has prompted hatred and dissatisfaction of the Moslems and enchantment of the US and the Zionist regime.”23

Puppet Regime

In 1995, Rouhani said “The world's nations should not keep silent over the U.S. military presence in sensitive regions of the Persian Gulf.” He said the US was planning to set up a “puppet regime” in Iraq. ''Whenever the Iraqi people reached a point to determine their own fate, the United States blocked their victory.''24

Russia-Iran Relations

Rouhani said Iran and Russia are the two strongest states in the region. The development of Tehran-Moscow relations would play a key role in maintaining the balance at the regional and international levels. Close relations between Iran and Russia would help foil US conspiracies in the region.25

Turkey

Rouhani said problems arising in Tehran-Ankara relations were caused by US-engineered plots.26

Arms Inspections

In 1998 Rouhani voiced support for UN arms inspections in Iraq. He said a peaceful solution to the arms inspections will help Iraq avert a possible military attack by the United States and also a disaster in the gulf region.27

Middle East Peace Process

Rouhani said in April 2000, “The Islamic Republic of Iran does not believe the so-called Middle East peace process to be effective, but so far has not taken any concrete steps to impede it."28

Terrorism

“We have tackled the terrorism with the framework of international treaties and regulations, and I think we have a shining record in that field.”29

US-Allied Attacks in Afghanistan

Rouhani said "A long-time aim of the Americans has been to dominate the oil wells in the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea, and with the attacks against Afghanistan, it has found the excuse to gain a presence in the Caspian Sea…. America is completely aware of Iran's forces and powers and abilities to react. It is unlikely that they would carry out any decisions" against an agreement not to violate Iran's airspace. He said “We have warned on several occasions that Americans should not, under any circumstances, violate the Islamic republic of Iran's airspace. The Americans have accepted that.”30

US Attacks Against Iraq

Rouhani said “The Islamic Republic of Iran does not consider attacks and wars a solution to problems.”31

Regime Change

“There is no doubt, the United States aims to have regime change in Iraq and exert domination over oil in the region,” Rouhani said. “Iran believes that it is for the Iraqi people, and not the others, to determine their own fate and decide on the system of their government."32

UN Arms Inspections

Rouhani voiced support for UN arms inspectors in Iraq. He said "Iran is the victim of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and has currently several thousand injured soldiers, and for this reason Iran is willing to see Iraq being disarmed." He said "All the regional states support the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on Iraqi disarmament in order to prevent outbreak of hostility in the region….Iran believes that the United Nations arms inspectors should be given enough time to complete their work.”33

Third Middle East War

Rouhani said “The Middle East has suffered heavy damage from the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the Persian Gulf war in 1991 and the Afghan war in 2001, and cannot tolerate another war because the economy of the regional states is still reeling under the shock- waves of the three wars.” He added, “Iran is concerned about outbreak of war in the region and wants the crisis to be settled through diplomatic means. All nations should speak with the same voice and put pressure on Iraq to disarm.”34

People’s Mujahedin

Richard Dalton, British Ambassador to Iran, told Rouhani in a meeting that the PMOI would have no place in Iraq after the war. Rouhani “smiled at the news” and said “This is a good sign. Iran’s concerns are being heard.”35

US Troops Worse than WMDs

Rouhani said “The US presence in the Middle East is worse than Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.”36

US Threat to Peace

Rouhani said “The US unilateral approach on the international stage and its ignoring the key role of the United Nations posed a serious threat to global peace and security.”37

Holocaust

During an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani again refused to recognize that the Holocaust happened. Rouhani claimed that he is “not a historian” and that “it is the historians that should reflect on it.”38

Goodwill Gestures

“Iran is interested in reducing tensions, and if the U.S. displays its good will, better conditions will be witnessed in the future in mutual relations.”39

"US officials should take practical steps to prove goodwill toward Iran instead of conducting a volley of rhetoric."40

 


1) "Top Iranian Official Sees No Sign of Resuming Ties with US," Agence France Presse, January 28, 2004.

2) "Political Barbs Welcome an Iranian Visiting France," New York Times, January 16, 2004.

3) "Iran Denies Report on Nuclear Weapon Production," Xinha News Agency, January 12, 1994.

4) "Official: Washington to Remain Hostile to Iran," Associated Press, November 6, 1996.

5) "Rafsanjani: US Anti-Iran Policies Doomed to Fail," Xinhua News Agency, October 31, 1997.

6) "Iran Considering All Options to Secure (sic)," Associated Press, August 16, 1998.

7) "Iran Slams US and Pakistan as it Ponders How to Tackle the Taleban (sic) Challenge," Mideast Mirror, August 17, 1998.

8) "Iranian Parliament Approves Bill to Sue Foreign Governments," Associated Press, November 9, 1999.

9) "Iran Not Interfering in Others' Internal Affairs: Official," Xinhua General News Service, August 1, 1993.

10) "Political Barbs Welcome an Iranian Visiting France," New York Times, January 16, 2004.

11) "International News," Associated Press, February 10, 1996.

12) "Iran Satisfied with EU Stand on Human Rights Issue," Xinhua General News Service, December 16, 2002.

13) Ibid.

14) "Iran Back in the Firing Line," MEED Middle East Economic Digest, December 4, 1992.

15) "Iranian Deputy Speaker Condemns Attack on Iraq," UPI, January 19, 1993.

16) "Iran Shows Strong Reaction to US Attack on Baghdad," Xinhua General News Agency, June 29, 1993.

17) "Prove It, Iran Tells Britain," Press Association, May 1, 1994.

18) "Iran Denounces Gingrich on Policy Toward Tehran," Associated Press, October 30, 1995.

19) "Iran Not Interfering in Others' Internal Affairs: Official," Xinhua General News Agency, August 1, 1993.

20) "Alternative Foreign Policy Views Among the Iranian Policy Elites," McNair Papers, April 1, 1994.

21) "Syria 'Not Ready' for Peace with Israel," United Press International, April 7, 1994.

22) "Arabs Divided Over GCC Easing of Israel Boycott," Mideast Mirror, October 3, 1994.

23) Ibid.

24) "British Politician Attacks US Policy," United Press International, September 10, 1995.

25) "Iran to Enhance Ties With Russia," Xinhua News Agency, February 2, 1997.

26) "Iran, Turkey Agree to Get Rid of Crisis," Xinhua News Agency, March 3, 1997.

27) "Iran Pleased With UN-iraq Agreement," Xinhua News Agency, February 23, 1998.

28) "Iran Denies 'Impending' Middle East Peace Process," Agence France Presse, April 4, 2000.

29) "Top Iranian Security Official Says al-Qaeda Members Extradited to Saudi," Agence France Presse, January 15, 2004.

30) "Iran Concerned About Long-Term US Presence in Region," Agence France Press, October 10, 2001.

31) "US Strikes Against Iraq: Iran Demands that War on Terror be UN-Led,' Agence France Presse, July 17, 2002.

32) "Iran Concerned Over Possible War in Iraq," Xinhua General News Service, December 14, 2002.

33) "US Seeks Domination Over Region and Iraqi Oil: Iranian Official," Xinhua General News Service, January 25, 2003.

34) "Iran Backs Iraq Disarmament But Opposes War: Official," Xinhua General News Service, February 26, 2003.

35) "Showdown With Iraq," Los Angles Times, March 9, 2003.

36) "Iran Will Infiltrate 5 Iraqi Cities," United Press International, April 3, 2003.

37) "Tehran Wants No Friction with Washington Over Iraq," Xinhua General News Service, April 27, 2003.

38) "Rowhani Does it Again," Washington Free Beacon, September 25, 2013.

39) "Top Security Official: Iran Seeks to Reduce Tensions with US," Deutsch Press-Agentur, May 24, 2003.

40) "Iran Dismisses US Allegations as 'Psychological Warfare,' Xinhua General News Service," May 31, 2003.