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Two American citizens detained in Iran may be released: Ahmadinejad

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New York, Sept 23, IRNA -- Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here on Wednesday evening said there is a chance the two other American citizens detained in Iran for illegal entering the country could be released.

The Iranian President, who is currently in the US to attend the annual session of the UN General Assembly, made the remark in an interview with CNN.

President Ahmadinejad however added that it is the judge of the case that makes decision on the release of Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer.

The third American who was detained with them, Sarah Shourd, was released last week. Ahmadinejad said her release was because of mercy, compassion and meant a humanitarian gesture.

He said he had suggested their release to the country’s Judiciary system but reiterated that he had no influence over the legal process. The President added that the three Americans had violated the Iranian borders, illegally entered the country and their case was under investigation.

On the prospect of his negotiations with US President Barrack Obama, Ahmadinejad said, “I think it would be very good to sit before members of other states and the media and to discuss our views – to have an exchange at the United Nations. I think that would be very positive so that everyone could hear what we have to say and it could help resolve many problems.”

Asked about anti-Iran sanctions, President Ahmadinejad said sanctions had no impact on Iran’s economy.

He stressed that Washington has imposed many sanctions on Iran in the past 30 years, adding that the sanctions have resulted in further development and progress in the country’s economy.

On Iran’s nuclear program, the Iranian President said Tehran has no interest in a nuclear bomb. “We are not seeking the bomb. We have no interest in a nuclear bomb and we do not think that it is useful,” he added.

He insisted that no country or person is worried about Tehran’s intentions other than the Zionist regime and some American authorities.

“Both the Zionist regime and the United States should be disarmed,” he said. “The threat to the world are the bombs that the US government and the Zionist regime possess.”

Referring to the Zionist regime as an illegitimate regime, he said the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “skilled killer who should be put on trial for killing women and children”. He should be put on trial for killing Palestinians, for putting Gaza under siege, he said.

The Iranian President further called on the US government to stop using tax payers money to assist the Zionist regime.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 286577

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