"Until we had our people in place," Rafsanjani told one such liberal in 1981, "we were ready to tolerate [other] gentlemen on the stage."
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Mr. Rafsanjani said Iran's national interests demand good relations with the U.S., which would help prevent "an adventurous policy" involving the Iranian-backed militant groups Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
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