A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency website shows President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looking at a space monkey during a ceremony to mark Iran's National Day of Space Technology in Tehran on February 4, 2013. Ahmadinejad unveiled two small satellites, 'Nahid' and 'Zohreh' (Venus in Farsi and Arabic) and said that he is ready 'to be the first man in space' sent by the Iranian scientists under the ambitious national programme which claims aiming to put a human being into orbit before 2020. AFP PHOTO/HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY WEBSITE/ARMAN TEIMUR +++ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY WEBSITE - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS +++
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the UN General Assembly on September 26, 2012 in New York City. The 67th annual event gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for high level meetings on nuclear safety, regional conflicts, health and nutrition and environment issues.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) raises his hands toward cheering supporters while standing next to Venezuela's Foreign Minister Elias Jaua (R) as he enters the funeral for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Military Academy on March 8, 2013 in Caracas, Venezuela. Countless Venezuelans have paid their last respects to Chavez and more than 30 heads of state were expected to attend the funeral today.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exits the podium following his address to the 66th General Assembly Session at the United Nations on September 22, 2011 in New York City. The annual event, which is being dominated this year by the Palestinians' bid for full membership, gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for high level meetings on nuclear safety, regional conflicts, health and nutrition and environment issues.
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Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,before the group photo at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development on June 20, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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In front of the pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Ayatollah Khamenei, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addreses the crowd with a controversial speech during the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 10, 2013 in Tehran, Iran.
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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks to supporters and receives letters requesting help outside his home at 'Square 72' in the working-class Narmak district on November 15, 2014 in eastern Tehran, Iran. Though his eight years as president ended in 2013 among a wave of political attacks at home and weariness in the West over his constant anti-Israel rhetoric and questioning of the scale of the Holocaust, Mr. Ahmadinejad and his very active supporters are raising his public profile amid rumors of a comeback run for parliament or higher office.