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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!