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Iranian President: Tel Aviv is actual US capital

Tehran, July 14, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday that for the American people Washington is the capital of the United States, but, unfortunately the actual capital is Tel Aviv.

"I have already stated in my message to the American people that Americans are a great nation. The American Constitution is still a reference to freedom and democracy. The Americans are more religious than the Europeans and the founders of the United States advocated freedom and religion," President Khatami told a press conference.

"It is inappropriate for the American people that their potentials are not being used for their own national interests."

"Israel has been established with wrath and is pursuing its oppressive goal with wrath too. It is making every endeavor to influence the largest economic, political and military power of the world in addition to relying on it," President Khatami said in reference to the US.

Asked to comment on ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague condemning Israel for its violation of international law and the rights of Palestinians for the wall it has erected around Palestinian territory, President Khatami said, "Israel has never respected resolutions of the UN Security Council and will not heed the ICJ ruling either."

He said that the Zionist lobby is very strong in the United States which has exercised dominance over national interest of the American people for their own racist goals.

"It is humiliating for the great American nation to be run by the Zionist lobby. They should stand up to such a situation," President Khatami said.

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