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i'm afshin are exactly welcome to a special edition of going underground in a moment i'll speak to the former president of the islamic republic of iran this in a week when the u.s.s. nimitz aircraft carrier has been reportedly sent to iran's maritime borders and donald trump secretary of state at least for a few days might bump a 0 the former cia director has made at the national press club in washington d.c. what is being seen as seemingly outrageous claims about iran being now allied to al qaida well joining me from tehran the iranian capital now is the former president of iran dr month rude up and it janet thanks so much for coming on i'm going to ask you right off the top. because i haven't spoken to you since what did you make of the assassination of professor most in the fact reside there not far from where you are right now where you're talking to me from. in the name of god the compassionate
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and the merciful. oh god may you hasten the advent of your vice durant and bestow upon him health and triumph. and let us be among the best of his supporters and advocates. and those who spare no effort before his advent or today or let me 1st say hello to you and all those who watch this program. and hope it will be helpful for all. terror primarily indicates the weakness and contempt ability of its perpetrators it is condemned in any form by anyone and for any purpose. the goal of the recent terror was to weaken the iranian nation and to halt its growth and development. i understand he was working on the coronavirus research is assassination followed the killing of gen cousin
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sulaimani and now the last days of the trumpet ministration that talking about al-qaeda people in iran the need to attack iran what retaliation will ever will or will air on the enemy's expect from any attack on iraq. the culture of the iranian nation has never throughout history been after conflict . or threatening others. and it will not be. basically the error of using the language of threat in national and international relations the point is over. email i believe that all nations which had this strictly opposed such an approach called the facts and slam it how sure are you that usa
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in teheran if. iran's enemies can assassinate scientists and generals. and this is the type of incident that may occur anywhere in the world if the pressure continues from nato countries do you think that iran is getting closer. economically culturally politically its relations with moscow and with beijing and they are they getting closer. the iranian nation has always sought friendly and constructive relations based on justice and respect with all nations and that includes the nations of russia and china. but the governments of these 2 countries have so far not been able to stop the in-force mint of sanctions. you mean that russia and china
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are failed to stop sanctions on iran yes that's what i said i mean rusher is saying iran is now enriching uranium to rates that are much higher than the j c p a way would allow well let's already in the papers i mean i'll get to coronaviruses in a moment but the u.s. aircraft carrier nimitz has been sent to iran's maritime borders you have the boss of trump's pentagon making accusations against iran how would iran cope with u.s. bombing in the last days of a trump presidency. as i have noted over and over previously the united states major policies including the key issue of war are what the behind the scenes
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governing board decides and enforces and the presidents don't play determining role in them. not in fact from all the developments on folding and the news being broadcast that. it's my understanding that a new war is about to be imposed on the sensitive region of the middle east. therefore i wrote a letter to the leaders in the region. and asked them to avoid the consequences of such a war. i called on them to try and prevent it from happening. and warn them about the damage and toll of such a war. for all regional states. you know that when joe biden was vice president president obama bombed some say destroyed africa's richest capita country libya how will biden
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make any difference to iran u.s. relations he's of course a very good friend of israel i addressed that question earlier on from our standpoint it makes no difference who is president in the u.s. . since major u.s. policies are devised by the governing board behind the scenes. look at the past 70 years yet many crimes against humanity have been committed and a lot of wars and impositions have been waged by consecutive u.s. administrations. and regardless of the party in office they carried out that mission. during either of the parties time in power similar events have been repeated. therefore i don't expect that not to reoccur in the future. and so it makes no difference who is president bush
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if it is the military industrial complex. that controls the usa which is what you're saying what did it make you feel when you saw the pictures of the attempted insurrection in washington that came after you wrote the letter is. appealing for. those are the internal affairs of the u.s. they're almost irrelevant to international policy is bad a lot to say when there was demonstrations on the streets of tehran yes in their foreign policy they meddle in all the affairs of countries the united states under trump said they had a big new peace plan for the middle east. is iran facing more problems because of that now that the united arab emirates bahrain. so many different arab
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countries they all there have relations with israel is that going to be a big problem for whether it's biden whether it's drones. this is not about iran it's about palestine i have said this before. that we welcome any positive development but these issues aren't related to the palestinian issue these countries have never been palestine's concern tens of countries among them permanent u.n. security council members already had relations with the zionist regime and the palestinian issue was still not resolved the issue of palestine needs to be resolved in palestine and by recognizing the palestinian nation's right to self-determination otherwise if countries not involved in the palestinian issue take certain measures what difference would that make and so you don't expect any
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difference as regards alastair under joe biden. it depends on how you analyze the situation today and what your perception of the word change is. i think the governing board in the us. regardless of which party has control of the executive branch and of other centers of power. has always pursued its own interests. is that they have absolutely never pursued the interests and fundamental rights of the palestinian nation. not the history of the past 70 years clearly shows that. many say that a nightmare for nato in washington would be if saudi arabia and iran became friends some people said. general custom so they money was carrying
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a note of some kind of discussion for better relations. what do you think is the future of a saudi iran relations as the united states it seems seeks to support saudi arabia now. look at the moment the status of relations among the persian gulf littoral states. is i'm positive that shiny that so you know it's lower than what the nations in the region and the iranian nation deserve. i believe that all nations should be friends who if the relations among the nations in the persian gulf region and especially between iran and saudi arabia. are founded on justice respect brotherhood and friendship whatever the situation in the region will totally change. i believe that under such
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circumstances the regional nations will get the chance to play their historical role. of spreading peace brotherhood and security worldwide. intra regional competition and conflict will harm everyone. there will be no winners inside the region just. the only winners will be the enemies of the regional states. well as a basic strategy. i think the persian gulf littoral states the whole. should be totally united. and their unity is quite vital for the region and the world. of course the meddling of extra regional powers. has always caused some problems. and i hope the leaders of the
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countries that act more astutely and overt differences in conflicts among themselves. i once again reiterate that the role of iran and saudi arabia in the region is key and pivotal. if they stand together all regional nations including the nations of iran and saudi arabia will benefit from it. and consequently other regional nations will be able to play a more positive and constructive role in international relations. in my opinion that question should be asked this way. while the basic rule in relations among nations is friendship and brotherhood why should some individuals have nightmares about the friendship of 2 nations. and we look for the root cause of all the problems in the sensitive region of the middle east in such bogus
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nightmares. you might want to say why you think some might see it as a nightmare for washington or president ahmadinejad's i'll stop you there more from the former iranian president after this short break.
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the war in syria has lasted longer than world war 2. who has been suffering the most in this almost endemic in long conflict regular syrian people. need is more than one when your wife of 20 years you. could see everything with my own eyes and hear the stories of its residents one group in particular russian wives of syrian man. they wanted to come look up to.
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welcome back to this special edition of going on the ground in the film iranian president mahmoud i met at a job in this week doldrums outgoing secretary of state microamp am in some extraordinary claims about iran hosting al qaida claims were instantly dismissed all around the world al qaeda has a new home base it is the islamic republic of iran as a result bin laden's wicked creation is poised to gain strength and capabilities we ignore this iran a qaeda nexus at our own peril we need to acknowledge it we must confront it indeed we must defeat it a letter from bin laden found by the navy seals during the about about a raid sums up the relationship since 911 very well in his own words quote iran is our main artery for fun's personnel and communication there is no
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need to fight with iran unless you are forced to and give you some information that is brand new to the public today ron decided to allow it to establish a new operational headquarters on the condition that al qaeda operates abide by the regime's rules governing al-qaeda stay inside of the country agency and control since 2015 iran has also given a kind of leaders greater freedom of movement inside of iran under their supervision the iranian ministry of intelligence and security and the arabs you see have provided safe havens and logistical support things like travel documents id cards passports that enable al-qaeda activity as a result of this assistance a credit has centralize its leadership inside of tehran i'm an al-zawahiri is deputies are there are today. frankly they're living
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a normal life tehran has allowed a crowd to fundraise to really communicate with al qaeda members around the world and to perform many other functions that were previously directed from afghanistan or pakistan. to now has time because they're inside iran they have access to money ever range of iranian support they now have new tools for terror you now have the world's state largest state sponsor of terrorism islamic republic of iran as the home base for al qaeda their partners in terrorism partners and hate this axis poses a grave threat to the security of nations and to the american homeland itself i would say iran is indeed the new afghanistan as the key geographic up for al qaeda but it's actually force unlike in afghanistan when a kind it was hiding in the mountains okayed it today is operating underneath the
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hard shell of the iranian regime protection while i'm still here with the former president of iran dr mahmoud ahmadinejad as we just heard if someone is watching this interview in a nato country they will know that their main media tells them your country is not a democracy it is executing people human rights violations it is. a brutal country that funds terrorism all around the region when you say to people who watch that on the news every day when iran is mentioned. the right to determine one's fate is a god given right. and no individual at the group or power or under any circumstances of the need to even in the name of providing security is allowed to limit or deny that right on the corner. i would this is what
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happened in the world recently and you made a mention of them through the show in washington and elsewhere should show that we have a long way to go before we achieve true democracy i need. to talk throughout history. the philosophy of forming governments. has been to provide security and freedom to nations all human let's hug. more however about holiday. on the pretext of providing security on my land in rulers have practically turn into obstacles to freedom and security for a nation. just hong the world is in need of a new thought that had he no vision and plan the us what sort of plan is is that you have elections coming up of course in iran in
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a few months. in different speeches i've announced parts of that plan and one in which it's the will of the nations that's truly ruling all unity of relations are based on humanity friendship and kindness the monopoly of power the monopoly of freedom the monopoly of wealth is annihilated. and in which power wealth and freedom is enjoyed by each and every human being on earth. across the world today. wealth power and freedom is controlled by a certain group of us. leaving no chance for nations to be free. and to breathe in an atmosphere of freedom and. this wish will very soon come true arch and every human being will attain their dignity. and deserve the status.
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accorsi arabians may i ask why didn't you do that last time when you were president of iraq well i think iranians have access to me and can ask me that question directly ok well i got to ask we don't know whether the elections will be pursued but but it's notable that. company has said that british american big pharmacy vaccines. they could be dangerous for the iranian people he cited the french hiv contaminated blood scandal twitter took down a bit like donald trump how bad is coronavirus in iran and i know it's not as bad as in britain capita but i understand that it is taking its toll that officials are constantly releasing the data on that well we're getting some reports
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of coronavirus from yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis according to the u.n. do you think the world is forgotten about yemen. i think the people of yemen are bearing the brunt of pressure. resulting from the greed and wickedness of others. it should be openly stated that the people of yemen are being oppressed. their country's infrastructure is being destroyed the youth women and children are being killed poverty is spreading. and their country is falling behind you. from a human perspective i felt responsible. and wrote letters to the 2 parties involved in the conflict announcing my readiness to help resolve the problems and to end the
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war. i think we should all be worried. about the health and social life of the yemeni people and bush you see i know your road to saudi arabia is muhammad bin solomon but britain says it gives aid to yemen and has strict weapons export regime and trains the they have already have trainers to train the saudi pilots so britain gives aid and weapons. anyone who starts a war in the world. or provokes a war. and fans the flames of a war. that has no doubt committed an act. that's anti-human
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and unacceptable anyone who perpetrate such an act for any purpose is condemned he didn't write to boris johnson but yes i wrote to the 2 parties and also to the un secretary general and asked the secretary general to pave the way for the establishment of peace. certainly brokering peace is a human responsibility anyone who can contribute should do so. and anyone fanning the flames of war should stop if that's what i pray to god almighty to bestow upon all nations security. progress and peaceful coexistence the daughter of custom soleimani gave a world exclusive interview to this program and she said that because of julian a son who is imprisoned here in london we know she said
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that the u.s. government was on the same side as al qaeda in syria. what do you think about the case of julian assange and do you think that britain will kill him in jail here. sufficient information has not been published on the a songe issue and i'm not able to pass judgement on him. let me share my message with your viewers the situation that the world is currently in is beneath any human being more than half the world's population lives in poverty and the majority of the world's population lives under security threats and military pressure. the monopoly of power and wealth and media has robbed nations and the masses of opportunities. today the world is being managed according to the principles of political darwinism. what that means is that for some to be strong others
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would have to be weak if. for some to be affluent. others should be poor. for some to have dignity. others should be humiliated to use. this ideology as anti-human. and has turned the world into a place where an arms race has jeopardized everyone security. and lead to a significant share of the nation's resources and wealth. being spent. on the purchase of armaments. and weapons have no other use than killing humans. in will do. i'm opposed to this world management model a ball out of the and believe that all nations and human beings. can live in friendship. about he some brotherhood. had absolutely no one.
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should be seeking hegemony over others. or plundering other as well. we should all endeavor to ensure the dignity of each and every member of humanity. for them to equally benefit from god given natural wealth. and for no one to be dominated by another bush we have to build the world with each human being can have dreams. where those dreams are materialized. and where they can unlock the endless talents that god has bestowed upon them for walking a world where people serve each other where they are friends with one another and where they are each other's companion just one question finally. are you going to stand in the june election do you want to become president of iran yes or no in june i have already answered that question today there are more important issues
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before us and we should be thinking about them at the time of the elections there are issues that if necessary i will share with the people. i once again congratulate you and your colleagues in all nations. on the occasion of the new year. and wish everyone well being. over a president thank you. well god willing may you be prosperous and hope to see you again and that's it for the show will be back on monday with one off of the ice cream ben and jerry's ben cohen to talk about the prospects of a biden presidency in the week of his inauguration as u.s. president the deal then he would just buy you through. it's got a place but. i can't show you my face but i'm going to teach you must story in 9093 this man was
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sentenced to death they could charged with capital murder even though he didn't have the gun didn't pull the trigger didn't intend to kill anybody imagine living in your bathroom for that week with his son of a 23. confined within 4 gray walls he'd find it seems it. turned all to help him to leave death row.
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