Rafsanjani's Advice to the Great Satan

Iran's powerful leader talks about Clinton, U.S. support of Israel and the campaign to kill Salman Rushdie

In his office in downtown Tehran, Rafsanjani held a wide-ranging two-hour conversation with managing editor James R. Gaines and International managing editor Karsten Prager. It was the first interview he had given to a U.S. publication since he assumed the presidency in 1989. Excerpts:

Q. If President Clinton were sitting here, what would you say to him?

A. If I wanted to, I would advise him to try to serve the people of America and not to disturb the peace in other countries.

Q. In what way, if any, is Iran being disturbed?

A. Through interference and accusation.

Q. You appear...

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