Monday, May 02, 2005

Iran News - Iran's EC Head: US has new Mideast plan

Iran News - Iran's EC Head: US has new Mideast plan: "Iran's EC Head: US has new Mideast plan

Monday, May 02, 2005 - ©2005

LONDON, May 2 (IranMania) - Head of State Expediency Council said the presence of Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq shows that Washington has adopted new plans for the Middle East.

Addressing a seminar titled “Presidential Election, Student Movement and People’s Participation“, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani added that the Americans wish to confront Iran and they are using every opportunity for attacking the Islamic system and the people of Iran, IRNA reported.

He, however, noted that Iran is different from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Americans already know that.

Referring to the ninth presidential election slated for June 17, Rafsanjani pointed out that character assassination will prepare the ground for foreigners to achieve their mischievous goals.

Asked whether he will run for the June presidential election, he said, “I am ready to undergo any hardship for the sake of people’s welfare and the country’s advancement.“

Rafsanjani also said the best thing would be holding the next election with the participation of all groups and creating a competitive atmosphere."