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Iran's Leader Dismisses Obama offer

Posted by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 6:17 AM
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http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/03/200932184033678481.html

Iran's leader dismisses Obama offer



As the supreme leader, Khamenei is believed to hold the last word on major Iranian policy decisions [EPA]

Iran's supreme leader has dismissed overtures from the US president, saying Tehran does not see any change in US policy under Barack Obama's administration.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech on Saturday that there could be no change in US-Iran relations unless Obama puts an end to US hostility towards Iran and brings "real changes" in US foreign policy.

He made the remarks in a televised speech in the city of Mashhad to mark the Iranian New Year.

Commenting on Obama's videotaped offer of a "new beginning" in relations between the two countries, Khamenei said Iran has yet to see any change in Washington's attitude towards it.

"They chant the slogan of change but no change is seen in practice. We haven't seen any change," he said.

Khamenei criticised US behaviour towards Iran since its 1979 Islamic revolution, saying that the US was "hated in the world" and should stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs.

He asked how Obama could congratulate Iranians on the new year while the US continues to accuse the country of supporting terrorism and seeking nuclear weapons.

Saying that a change of US words was not enough, Khamenei said:  "We will watch and we will judge ... You change, our behaviour will change."

Nuclear disagreement

The US is at odds with Iran over its nuclear programme, which Washington says is aimed at building atomic weapons, while Tehran insists it is for the peaceful generation of electricity.

It is also concerned over Iran's missile-development efforts.

The US cut off diplomatic ties with Iran during the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, in which a group of Iranian students held 52 US diplomats hostage at the American embassy for 444 days.


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Khamenei said that tests at the Bushehr nuclear plant in the south of the country had convinced other nations that its nuclear plans would not be abandoned.

"This is the results of the progress of our scientists ... which persuaded the whole world that the path of Iran's nuclear progress could not be blocked," he said.

Obama released a video message on Nowruz, the traditional Persian New Year, offering to resolve past conflicts.

"My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties," he said in the message.

Obama's administration earlier expressed an openness to face-to-face diplomatic contacts with Tehran.

It marks a major shift from the policy pursued by George Bush, Obama's predecessor, towards Iran, which he once branded as part of an "axis of evil".

'Rightful place'

In his video appeal, Obama said the US wanted Iran to take its "rightful place in the community of nations".

"This process will not be advanced by threats," he said. "We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect."


Obama said US wants Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations [Reuters]

But Obama also insisted that Tehran do its part to achieve reconciliation.

"You have that right - but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilisation," he said.

"The measure of that greatness is not the capacity to destroy, it is your demonstrated ability to build and create."

Commenting on Khamenei's rejection of Obama's offer, Mohammad Marandi, a Tehran university professor, told Al Jazeera: "It was expected. Iran has many grievances. A change in tone is not really enough.

"He [Khamenei] said if the US changes its policy ... especially towards Israel and the Palestinian people, the Iranians can move forward.

"I think if the Americans do make a significant move the Iranians will be willing to look towards better relations".

by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 6:17 AM
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CharmaineL
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2009 at 7:05 AM

Not a shocker!

lilyrose73
by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Obama is weak...and  Iran is laughing their asses off at him... 

dr_m
by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM

I read about this, thanks for your post

Iran's supreme leader has dismissed overtures from the US president, saying Tehran does not see any change in US policy under Barack Obama's administration.

well, we could have predicted this in our sleep...  from a country that holds holocoust denier conferences....  and..  well, at least our President, who is strong, tried.. 

what other response would we expect from an islamic leader who is building a nuke, and wants to get rid of Israel ???

 

 

blondekosmic15
by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM


Quoting lilyrose73:

Obama is weak...and  Iran is laughing their asses off at him... 


How true.....

mccainiac
by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM

He should send them some movie CDs from Walmart, like he did for the British PM.

I'm thinking ET would be a good choice.

sassyandy124
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2009 at 10:27 AM


Quoting mccainiac:

He should send them some movie CDs from Walmart, like he did for the British PM.

I'm thinking ET would be a good choice.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Maybe the good the bad and the ugly. That might scare some respect into them since he doesn't get any from them.

   Those who can't get behind our troops should feel free to stand in front of them!!!!!

cdgoldilocks
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2009 at 10:39 AM

I am sure Obama is not surprised, neither am I.

I am not a fan of Obama. He is too left for me and seems to enjoy spending my hard earned money on people who don't deserve it. However, WTF do people expect of the man? He has been in office for 100 days. I LOL, because I guess people followed him to the voting booth like the fucking Pied Piper with his magical flute. They bought his informercials with unicorns and warm fuzzy feelings.

You cannot fix a broken economy with more spending. If I could spend my way out of debt, I would be a wealthy gal. You get out of debt by working hard and CUTTING spending. It isn't hard to figure this out.

You also cannot fix broken international relations with empty words. You have to do it with action. I don't know what "action" Iran wants, but if we want peace in our world, we must listen to one another and follow our promises to each other with action. Time will tell if we can have peace with Iran.

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PestPatti
by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 10:44 AM

 

 Didnt Carter try to dampen Anti American sentiment in IRAN.   It didnt work 30 years ago its not going to work now.  Unless America bows to Iran.   They are probably thinking Ahhh Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter dipped in George Bush. 

blondekosmic15
by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 10:56 AM


Quoting cdgoldilocks:

I am sure Obama is not surprised, neither am I.

I am not a fan of Obama. He is too left for me and seems to enjoy spending my hard earned money on people who don't deserve it. However, WTF do people expect of the man? He has been in office for 100 days. I LOL, because I guess people followed him to the voting booth like the fucking Pied Piper with his magical flute. They bought his informercials with unicorns and warm fuzzy feelings.

You cannot fix a broken economy with more spending. If I could spend my way out of debt, I would be a wealthy gal. You get out of debt by working hard and CUTTING spending. It isn't hard to figure this out.

You also cannot fix broken international relations with empty words. You have to do it with action. I don't know what "action" Iran wants, but if we want peace in our world, we must listen to one another and follow our promises to each other with action. Time will tell if we can have peace with Iran.

Agree.....speak softly carry a big stick. Terrorists thrive on weakness & ignorance * they certainly sense a leader who has 0 Nat'l Security experience coupled w/ soft on terrorism mentality. I keep in tune w/ the terrorist websites......Ayman al-Zawahiri, the right arm man to bin Laden has already had a few chuckles in reference to the weak leader Americans elected last Nov. We are playing directly into their hands. They exercise much patience & strategy prior to an attack. The 90's reaped of weak policies concerning Clinton & they took advantage of that weakness & apathy which = 911...... 

blondekosmic15
by on Mar. 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM

 

Quoting PestPatti:

 

 Didnt Carter try to dampen Anti American sentiment in IRAN.   It didnt work 30 years ago its not going to work now.  Unless America bows to Iran.   They are probably thinking Ahhh Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter dipped in George Bush. 


If we bow to Iran...there will be no more America! The more a Nation succumbs to the will of a diabolical Nation such as Iran...the more they will control & destroy! To Iran the United States is the " great satan " & Israel is the " lil' satan"   Their efforts = wipe us off the face of the earth!

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