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Iran to defy ban on enriching uranium

TEHRAN, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Influential Iran cleric Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Friday said his country would reject any international ban on enriching uranium.

Rafsanjani ready for Iran presidency

TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Former president and powerful cleric Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani Thursday said he was leaning toward running in Iran's next presidential election.

Iran may consider resuming ties with U.S.

TEHRAN, April 12 (UPI) -- Iran on Saturday hinted at processes that could lead to the resumption of ties with the United States. The powerful former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the thorny problem of relations could be resolved either through a referendum or Iran's arbi

Iran urges U.S. to abandon 'bullying'

TEHRAN, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Sunday called on the United States to give up its "bullying" practices so the two countries could resume ties, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Rafsanjani said it was the only way Washin

Iran: Don't have or need Israel weapons

TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Friday denied Israeli reports of military equipment shipped from Israel to Iran, saying the reports had be
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Iran: Don't have or need Israeli weapons

TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Iran's former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Friday denied Israeli reports that military equipment had been shipped from Israel to Iran, saying the reports were fabricated to discredit Iran's reputation among Muslims. Iran had enough arms and di
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, meets with Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 2, 2009. Rafsanjani is in Baghdad to begin talks with political and religious leaders. (UPI Photo/Iraqi Government Handout)
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Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (Persian: علی اکبر هاشمی رفسنجانی Ali Akbar Hāshemī Rafsanjānī, Hashemi Bahramani (هاشمی بهرمانی); born February 15, 1934) is an influential Iranian politician, writer and former president. Currently he holds the position of Chairman of the Assembly of Experts (a deliberative body of Mujtahids that is charged with electing, monitoring, and dismissing the Supreme Leader of Iran) and Chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran (an unelected administrative assembly that resolves legislative conflicts between the Majlis (Parliament) and the Council of Guardians).

Rafsanjani served as President of Iran from 1989 to 1997. In 2005 he ran for a third term in office, placing first in the first round of elections but ultimately losing to rival Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the run-off round of the 2005 election. He was also elected as the Chairman of Iranian parliament in 1980 and served till 1989. In 1980, Rafsanjani survived an assassination attempt, during which he was seriously injured.

Rafsanjani has been described as a centrist and a "pragmatic conservative". He supports a free market position domestically, favoring privatization of state-owned industries, and a moderate position internationally, seeking to avoid conflict with the United States and the West.

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