0827 GMT August 22, 2019
He made the remarks in a meeting with Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
'We believe that the nations who have acquired advanced technology, should apply it to improve the standard life of their people,' Rafsanjani said.
The policy of the government of President Hassan Rouhani is to broaden relations and cooperation with the world governments based of mutual respect and trust, he said.
The goal behind imposing unjust economic sanctions on Iran by the west was to sabotage Iran's relations with the world countries, he said.
Use and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is an unethical move, he said adding that both Iranian culture and civilization and Islam prohibit to pose threat to humanity.
Avoiding disrespect to temples of divine religions and their followers, prisoners of war (POWs), civilians and even chopping the trees in the occupied lands are the preferences of foreign policy of Islam and that of the Great Prophet, he said.
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the assistance of the west targeted Iranian defenseless cities with chemical weapons and destroyed passenger planes but Iran exercised restraint and did not think of revenge, Rafsanjani said.
Iranian people immediately after war with Iraq managed to reconstruct the infrastructures destroyed by the Iraqi dictator, he said.
Italian foreign minister said that his visit to Tehran indicates firm determination of the Italian government to develop relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Italy's government has prepared long-term plans for expansion of political, economic and cultural ties with Iran, he said.
He expressed the hope that the nuclear talks would prepare the ground for broad based cooperation of the world with Iran.
The Italian foreign minister said that settlement of the nuclear dispute would lead to lift sanctions on Iran and expansion of relations between the two countries.
He advised both the Iranian and American negotiators to show firm determination to resolve the dispute.
Political stability will lead to economic prosperity and Italy is keen on relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and Italy is willing to help the Iranian government achieve economic success, he said.
Expressing regret over escalation of terrorism against Islam and Muslims in the west, he said 'We have repeated for many times that we should separate the noble Islamic thoughts from mentality and behavior of terrorists and extremist groups.'