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Sep 25, 2014 11:02 AM

Rouhani: extremists want to destroy civilization

The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) Iran's president warned world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday that the goal of extremists creating chaos in the Mideast is the destruction of civilization and rise of Islamophobia.

Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic terrorists want to create "a fertile ground for further intervention of foreign forces in our region."

In a wide-ranging speech, he also said a nuclear agreement is possible before the November deadline if the West wants a deal and shows flexibility.

He said a deal would create a new day for cooperation in the region and internationally, including on combating violence and extremism.

Rouhani said extremists come to the Middle East from around the world with a single ideology, "violence and extremism."

He said terrorism has become globalized and asked whether the world is united against the threat posed by the extremists.

Rouhani said all countries that supported terrorists must apologize, not only to the "past generation but to the next generation."


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