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      Iran's VP: We'll Break Obama's Grasping Hands

      Mohammad Reza Rahimi says Iran will overcome U.S.-led sanctions against the country.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 11/12/2012, 1:12 PM

      President Barack Obama
      President Barack Obama
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      Iran's Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said Monday that Tehran will break the 'grasping hands' of newly re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama, the official IRNA news agency reported.

      He also said Iran would overcome U.S.-led sanctions against the country.

      "We will break the grasping hands of Obama and we will be successful in bypassing the sanctions," Rahimi was quoted as saying during a research and scientific exhibition at Tehran University.

      On Thursday, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called elections in the United States and Europe "a battleground for capitalists and an excuse for hefty spending."

      Speaking at the opening day of the Bali Democracy Forum, Ahmadinejad said it was not important who won or lost the U.S. presidential election.

      When asked for his thoughts on President Barack Obama's reelection, Ahmadinejad said, "The important thing is policies and behaviors, and these behaviors must change."

      Rahimi has a history of unhinged rhetoric. In June, he condemned the "Zionists" for creating the global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities in accordance with alleged Talmudic teachings, Fars News Agency reported.

      Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the prevalence of narcotics and drug-addiction throughout the world is rooted in the Talmud.

      “The book teaches them how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother,” Rahimi stated.