Iran's president Hassan Rouhani looks on during a meeting with Russia's president Vladimir Putin as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. on Sept. 12, 2014.
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September 17, 2014 1:49 PM EDT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told NBC News’s Ann Curry on Wednesday that ISIS terrorists “want to kill humanity.”

In an exclusive interview at the presidential palace in Tehran, ahead of his visit to the United Nations, Rouhani denounced the extremists’ beheading of innocents. “From the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity,” he said. “And therefore, the killing and beheading of innocent people in fact is a matter of shame for them and it’s the matter of concern and sorrow for all the human and all the mankind.”…

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