„There is no doubt that America is a superpower of the world and we cannot ignore them. I think that Americans should gradually begin to adopt positive behavior rather than doing evil. They should not expect an immediate reaction in return for their positive measures. It will take time.“

—  Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 2005, Remarks in an interview about Iran nuclear program and the United States http://regimechangeiran.blogspot.com/2005/05/rafsanjani-urges-us-to-begin-thaw-in.html (May 19, 2005)
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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
político iraniano, 4° Presidente do Irã 1934 - 2017

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