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Interview With Iranian Presidential Adviser Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi

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Saturday, July 5, 2008; 8:34 PM

A transcript of correspondent Thomas Erdbrink's interview with Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, special adviser to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on June 28 at the presidential building in Tehran.

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TE: Iran has often stated that it is ready to have relations with any country except for Israel, but you require justice, friendship and spiritually as a basis for the relations. Can you please give me three steps that the U.S. should take in order to approve its relationship with Iran?

SH: In the name of God, I welcome you.

As you said, in the basics of the Iranian foreign policy, there are three principles, the principles of justice, friendship and kindness and respecting human dignity.

If you take into account these three criteria, every government who feels more obligated to act according to these three criteria will be closer to the Iranian foreign policy standards to have a closer relationship with the IRI [the Islamic Republic of Iran].

This is the message of the Iranian nation, and I think that these messages should be accepted by all nations of the world. I don't think any government can be against these messages.

We can study the actions of the American government on the basis of these criteria.

Does America feel obliged to be just and act according to justice? If you take a look at contemporary history and times you will see many actions which violate justice by the US.

TE: Can you give some examples?

SH: There are many instances

TE: Give me two.

SH: One of these violations is the invasion of the country of Iraq.


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