Rowhani Urged U.S. to Take Hard Line Against Iran 27 Years Ago

Iranian president said Khomeini would back down if threatened
President Hassan Rowhani gives a speech / AP

JERUSALEM—Hassan Rowhani, in a conversation secretly taped by an Israeli agent 27 years ago, is heard urging the West to take a firm stand against the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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Iran Supreme Leader in 2001: ‘My job is to set Israel on fire’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei believes his primary job “is to set Israel on fire,” according to Spain’s former national security adviser.