Obama remarks on nuclear issue under fire in Iran

Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday slammed US president-elect Barack Obama for saying its pursuit of nuclear weapons was “unacceptable,” the official IRNA news agency reported.

“This signifies a pursuit of the same erroneous policy as in the past,” Larijani said when asked about Obama’s comment on Friday.

Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani has slammed US president-elect ...
Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani has slammed US president-elect Barack Obama for saying Tehran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons was “unacceptable”.(AFP/Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

“If the United States wants to change its standing in the region it should send good signals,” he said.

“Obama understands that change does not only mean a change of colour and superficial differences, change must also have a strategic basis,” the agency quoted Larijani as saying.

Obama told his first news conference since winning the US presidential election on Tuesday that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons was unacceptable and also that he would “respond appropriately” to a congratulatory letter from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon I believe is unacceptable. We have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening.”

Obama added that “Iran’s support of terrorist organisations, I think, is something that has to cease.”

AFP

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens during a meeting ... 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens during a meeting in Tehran in October 2008. Obama said on Friday that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons was “unacceptable” and he would “respond appropriately” to a congratulatory letter from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)

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5 Responses to “Obama remarks on nuclear issue under fire in Iran”

  1. Michael Says:

    How far will Iran test, President Elect Barrack Obama? Obviously, the government will try and push him to see what he has…

  2. Scott Says:

    I suppose I could look at this from two different perspectives. (1) I ‘thought’ the whole world ‘loved’ Mr. Obama and that his ‘change’ would make the world a warmer, fuzzier place. (2) I’ve been feeling he’s a cream-puff but maybe there’s a bit of meaty gristle in there somewhere.

  3. Joe Says:

    That nut job should just launch a nuke so it can fall back down on his head then I will laugh my ass off.

  4. usafmom Says:

    I, for one, am hoping that Senator Obama has the fortitude to keep Ahmadinejad “closer”…. As in “Keep you friends close but your enemies closer.”

    I did not vote for him but chose to respect the office.

  5. Daniel Says:

    Oh, c’mon… it’s not like they didn’t know what his stance was. Put it this way, if Iran would just chill out – they will be much better off with a secure energy and economically stable future with Obama in office, than they would with a continued Bush presidency. They just need to relax and stop inciting go-it-alone policies, like Bush.
    The world got rid of one tyranical leader, we don’t need someone else to match him. Now just chill.

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