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Iran leader blames U.S. for daily crimes

Dec. 21, 2007 at 1:54 PM

TEHRAN, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Iran's former president Friday said the United States is involved in worldwide crimes on a daily basis, the Islamic Republic News Agency said.

"Every day we witness crimes in some parts, in which Americans are present," Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told worshipers in Tehran, IRNA said. "The crimes show that the U.S. presence in the region has resulted in more violence, sabotage and problems, though Americans entered the region with different claims."

Rafsanjani said the United Nations and its Security Council should consider ways to rectify the situation, IRNA said.

"How long should people hear of Israeli planes raiding Gaza?" he asked. "The crimes disturb the world people's conscience. Some people might have blind conscience, but man can not tolerate such problems."

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