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US behavior contradicts its change motto: Rafsanjani

TEHRAN (ISNA)-The recent behavior by the US government is in contradiction with its President's change motto, said Chief of Iran's Expediency Council.

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, meeting with Swedish ambassador to Tehran, Magnus Wernstedt, said recent behaviors by the US administration including its attempts to seize the belongings of Alavi Foundation and also allocation of 55 million dollars to Iran's opposition groups, are the same previous approaches taken by Washington or even worse than them.

The US is trying to seize a 36-story building on New York's Fifth Avenue that belongs to a charity foundation (Alavi Foundation) which the US accuses of having ties with Iran's government by funneling money to Bank Melli that is also under sanction allegedly for aiding the country's nuclear program.

Rafsanjani also asserted that the West obstructionism on Iran's nuclear issue is a politically-motivated move.

"The US and the West are well aware that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no interest of achieving nuclear weapons and its record approves it," he said.

The former President of Iran also warned that if the West continues the policy towards Iran, the country will continue its legal activities to reach peaceful nuclear energy regardless of such measures and considering the fact that the IAEA is obliged to supply Iran with fuel for research use.

Meanwhile, he condemned the West double-standards regarding the human rights saying, "the human rights and democracy situation in Iran is much better than many other countries in the Middle East, but the West while pressurizing Iran, has expanded ties with countries which have held no elections by now."

Also referring to the US and the UK wrong policies in Afghanistan and Iraq and the growth of insecurity in the region, he emphasized, "foreign forces are not able to resolve issues without assistance and cooperation of important regional countries."

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