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Obama remarks on nuclear issue under fire in Iran

November 8, 2008

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.

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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.”

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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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Bloggers Provide the Free Speech in Iran

March 14, 2008

By David Blair in Tehran
The Telegraph (UK)
March 14, 2008

When Iranians vote in the parliamentary election, millions will have been influenced by lively debate in the only domain their regime struggles to control: the internet and blogosphere.

Newspapers are tightly controlled and television and radio channels carry a dreary diet of official propaganda.

But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comes in for heavy criticism from Iran’s youthful bloggers, who mirror a society in which two-thirds of the population are below the age of 30.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot in the ...
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections at a mosque in south Tehran March 14, 2008.
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“Of all the defects Ahmadinejad and his team possess, the one that is astonishing is their attitude towards themselves,” writes a 24-year-old Iranian student, who blogs under the name “Tehran Post.”

“They behave like they’re heavenly beings, supreme in every quality and measure. The trademark of his government and supporters is exalting themselves and criticising others, especially the previous governments.”

Between three and four million Iranians use the internet and perhaps 100,000 are active bloggers.

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Putin arrives in Iran for historic visit

October 16, 2007

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a historic visit to hold talks on Iran’s nuclear program and attend a Caspian sea summit.

The visit, the first by a Kremlin leader since World War II, is taking place despite warnings of a possible assassination plot and amid hopes that a round of personal diplomacy could help offer a solution to an international standoff on Iran’s nuclear program.

Putin’s trip was thrown into doubt when the Kremlin said Sunday that he had been informed by Russian special services that suicide attackers might ….
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Putin delays Iran visit amid plot report

October 16, 2007

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged Monday to negotiate with Iran on behalf of the international community in their nuclear standoff, although he didn’t come to Tehran as scheduled amid warnings of a possible assassination plot.

Putin’s planned trip, the first here by a Kremlin leader since World War II, raised hopes that personal diplomacy could find a solution to the impasse over the Iranian nuclear program, but he delayed his arrival, which had been set for Monday evening.

The Russian leader insisted to reporters in Germany that he was going ahead with the trip, but the Kremlin declined to discuss details….

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Putin confirms Iran trip, despite ‘plot’

October 15, 2007

By DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press Writer

WIESBADEN, Germany – Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Monday he would travel to Iran despite reports about a possible assassination attempt, arguing direct contact and “peaceful means” were the only way to deal with the country’s nuclear program.

Russia‘s Interfax news agency, citing a source in Russia’s special services, said Sunday that suicide terrorists had been trained to carry out the assassination in Iran. The Kremlin said Putin was informed about the threat.

“Of course I am going to Iran,” Putin told reporters at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following talks ….

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Russia divulges Putin assassination plot

October 15, 2007

By LYNN BERRY, Associated Press Writer

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has been told about a plot to assassinate him during a visit to Iran this week, a Kremlin spokeswoman said Sunday.

The spokeswoman, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, refused further comment.

Interfax news agency, citing a source in Russia‘s special services, said suicide terrorists ….

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