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Quoted at the UN: Ahmadinejad leaves fiery legacy

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking to change Iran's tone at the UN. 

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during Friday prayers ceremonies, after attending an annual nation-wide pro-Palestinian rally marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, in Tehran, Iran, Aug. 2, 2013.

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Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is promising to bring a dramatically different style than that of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had a talent for outlandish statements. Mr. Ahmadinejad's penchant for comparing the United States to Satan, his denial of the Holocaust, and his suggesting that the US organized the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks made an already tense relationship more difficult. A review of Ahmadinejad's most famous quotes makes it clear why the US is glad he's gone. Here are a few:

World leadership: "The current abysmal situation of the world and bitter incidents of history are due mainly to the wrong management of the world and the self-proclaimed centers of power who have entrusted themselves to the devil." (2012)

The source of the world's misery: "It is as lucid as daylight that the same slave masters and colonial power that once instigated the two world wars have caused widespread misery and disorder with far-reaching effects across the globe since then. Do these arrogant powers really have the competence and ability to run or govern the world?" (2011)


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