Rafsanjani to Bush: Iran not 'axis of evil'

Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday urged the United States to exclude the Islamic country from its so-called "axis of evil" and warned Washington not to treat Iran the same way it has Iraq and Afghanistan. US President George W. "Bush made a strategic mistake. He should exclude Iran from the circle (axis of evil) that he has made," Rafsanjani told the crowd in Teheran during Friday's prayer ceremony. Rafsanjani also warned the US not to consider military intervention in Iran, saying Washington's "iron fist policy" has failed. "It will be dangerous if the US thinks that it can behave toward Iran in the same way that it has treated Afghanistan and Iraq," he said.