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Video Aug 31: Ahmedinejad on Afghanistan and Iran

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September 24, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Video: CNN Larry King with Ahmadinejad

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September 24, 2008 at 11:42 am

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Taliban denies role in hotel attack

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Taliban denies role in hotel attack

Another al Qaeda attack? i don’t think so.

A senior commander of the Taliban in Pakistan has denied that his group was responsible for a bomb attack at Islamabad’s Marriott hotel, in which at least 53 people died and 270 were injured.

Baitullah Mehsud said on Monday that the Taliban had no role in Saturday’s attack..

‘Mehsud said that their group does not believe in killing so many locals in the attack,’ Hyder said.

‘RDX was used in the attack, which is a very volatile substance. The big question is: Where did such a large amount of RDX come from? In previous attacks, militants have not used this substance.’

In addition to the dozens killed, at least 270 people were injured in the attack on the hotel, a favoured place for foreigners and the wealthy elite.

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September 24, 2008 at 1:07 am

NPR with Ahmadinejad: “We do not have confrontations with anyone. The U.S. administration interferes, and we defend ourselves.”

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Ahmadinejad: ‘Who Exactly Is The Provocateur?’

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep in New York, Sept.  22, 2008.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with NPR’s Steve Inskeep in New York on Monday. Joel Riddle/NPR

Morning Edition, September 23, 2008 · Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to criticize the U.S. during an address this week to the United Nations General Assembly. But in an interview with NPR, Ahmadinejad disputed that was his intention — up to a point.

Speaking to Steve Inskeep through an interpreter, Ahmadinejad said, “We do not have confrontations with anyone. The U.S. administration interferes, and we defend ourselves.”

Ahmadinejad said that diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States should continue to open up, citing a willingness to cooperate to uphold security in Iraq.

Asked what steps might help ease those relations, Ahmadinejad said, “We’ve never entered the United States and caused problems for the people here, but the American government has done that to us. So, our first proposal is that the government has to stop doing that.”

The Full Interview With President Ahmadinejad

NPR: I’ll get right to an important point: Is confrontation with the United States in Iran’s national interest?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: We do not have confrontations with anyone. The U.S. administration interferes, and we defend ourselves.

NPR: Clearly, there’s more than one viewpoint on that. There are efforts to get Iran to change its policies on nuclear fuel enrichment, for example. Why is that not a confrontation?

Ahmadinejad: It is us who doesn’t seek confrontation. But, as I explained it. It’s the U.S. administration that interferes regarding the rights of the Iranian people and we defend ourselves.

NPR: Is there nothing about Iran’s actions or rhetoric which can be seen as defiant and defying people in the world with whom you disagree?

Ahmadinejad: And who exactly are you referring to when you say the international community?

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September 24, 2008 at 12:49 am

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