Iran doesn’t want to prejudge Obama: Official

February 11th, 2009 - 7:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaTehran, Feb 11 (IANS) Iran Wednesday said it was not willing to “prejudge the performance” of US President Barack Obama, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Addressing a press conference, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi alluded to recent remarks of a number of American officials on possible direct talks between the two countries, but said a lot on this issue had been discussed in the media and nothing had materialised.

“There has been no official request yet from the US side (for direct talks with Tehran), and everything so far said has only been made in the media, and, therefore, we make no pre-judgement in this regard and rather wait for what will happen in practice,” Qashqavi said.

The official also said if Obama “plans to adopt serious changes in US policies, then he should have the opportunity to do so” and Iran had no intention to distort this by making anything premature.

He said the Islamic country was ready to engage in such an initiative with the US provided it was based on mutual respect and conducted in a fair atmosphere.

“Iranian nation welcomes true changes; Iranian nation is ready for dialogue in a fair atmosphere and mutual respect,” Ahmadinejad Tuesday said at a rally organised in Tehran’s Azadi (liberty) Square to mark the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran.

On Obama’s remarks that the US was extending its hand towards Iran and wanted Tehran to unclench its fist, Qashqavi said: “Iran never showed a clenched fist to others and it was the strategy during the (tenure) of former American president (George W. Bush), who imposed war and unilateral policies on regional nations.”

Stressing that Iran had always advocated approaches based on logic, dialogue and interaction, the foreign ministry spokesman voiced Iran’s readiness to work “to remove the problems plaguing the region due to the wrong policies of the former American administration”.

“Iran is patiently waiting to see what is really happening in practical arenas not in the realm of rhetoric,” he said.

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