Following are excerpts from a public address by Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi, member of the Iranian Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution, which aired on Channel 1 Iranian TV on September 28, 2008:
Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi: Imam [Khomeini] stated in his will that Iran must lead the global front in the struggle against America. It must not sit on the sidelines and say: "Let's resolve our problems together." The Imam never said to America: "Let's resolve our problems together." If anybody ever finds that the Imam ever uttered the words: "America, let's resolve our problems together" – I will retract everything I just said. The Imam used to say: "We should not resolve our problems with America." We do not want to coexist with America. We want to combat America – not just America, but Zionism, England, and the leaders of global capitalism, who are exploiting the Muslims and the oppressed throughout the world.
The corrupt Pope [Benedict XVI] went on a tour in order to cover up the homosexuality of his priests. As you know, he made a tour from America to Australia, saying: "We are sorry that our priests are pedophiles and homosexuals." You know, he actually went... He paid three billion dollars in compensation to families whose little children were abused by priests in churches. But nobody sees what the Pope himself does in the Vatican. It's not clear who should apologize for the Pope's deeds.