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Rafsanjani lashes out at US for anti-Iran propaganda

Tehran, Jan 22, IRNA -- Head of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Wednesday the United States is erroneously following policies to strengthen a secular system in Iran.

Speaking in a meeting with officials at the headquarters charged with organizing the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations, Rafsanjani said the people have massively took part in the scenes of the revolution and spared no effort to guarantee the victory of the Revolution.

In the meeting which was attended by a number of the religious minorities leaders, Rafsanjani said under the currently sensitive circumstances the United States is making a mistake to try to support or create a secular system in Iran.

The US leaders have been listening to statements by a small group of opposition who possess propaganda means.

He said four groups of ex-revolutionaries, liberals, marxists and monarchists are advocating a secular system in Iran.

Rafsanjani said the massive participation of the people in the scenes of the revolution and the ceremonies that would be held in the Ten-Day Dawn would discourage the enemies of the Iranian Islamic system.

The Untied States has inaugurated a round-the-clock radio in the Persian language to stage a campaign against Iran, he said.

He added that the United States is after launching a poisonous propaganda against Iran, a county with rich natural resources and with a strategic location in the Middle East.

Iran and the United States severed diplomatic relations after the 1979 Islamic revolution, when students following the line of Imam Khomeini seized the US embassy here and held its staff hostage.

US President George W. Bush had in his State of the Union address termed Iran, Iraq and North Korea as "axis of evil" and accused them of attempting to develop weapons of mass destruction.

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