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In quotes: Ahmadinejad's interview
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given a rare interview to US broadcaster ABC. The following are key excerpts from his interview with the channel's "Good Morning America" programme.

ON CONFLICT

We shy away from conflict and any kind of bloodshed... We think the world's problems can be solved through dialogue.

ON IRAQ

Our position regarding Iraq is very clear. We are asking for peace. We are asking for security. And we will be sad to see people get killed, no matter who they are.

ON US TROOPS IN IRAQ

We are opposed to any kind of conflict and also the presence of foreign forces in Iraq and that is why we are opposed to the presence of Americans.

We tell them "leave the country" and any other foreigners should leave the country and there should be no foreigners in Iraq, and then you see that you have peace.

ON ALLEGATIONS IRAN IS ARMING IRAQI MILITIAS

The fact that you are showing us some piece of paper and you call them documents. They should not solve any problem. There should be a court to prove the case and to support the case...

We think that the US is following another policy trying to hide its defeats and failures and that is why it is pointing its fingers at others.

ON A US ATTACK

Fear? Why should we be afraid? First, the possibility is very low.

Our nation has made it clear that anyone who wants to attack our country will be severely punished.




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