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Ahmadinejad says Bush missed 'golden' opportunity for dialogue with Iran

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Mehr News Agency) - President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says Iran provided 'exceptional and golden opportunities' for dialogue with the U.S. but the Bush administration missed those opportunities.

"We negotiated about Iraq and for two years we repeatedly announced in the United Nations and at the presence of media our readiness for dialogue; they were 'exceptional and golden opportunities' that I created for the American government to change the situation but unfortunately the Bush government did not use them," President Ahmadinejad told the U.S. PBS TV which was aired by Iranian TV on Friday.

Ahmadinejad urged the next U.S. president to change Washington's wrongful attitude toward world nations.

The next U.S. president must try to resolve the domestic woes of the American people, President Ahmadinejad said.

The United States presidential election will be held on November 4, 2008. It will be the 56th consecutive quadrennial presidential election of the U.S.

President Ahmadinejad added that Iran does not interfere in U.S. internal affairs but has concerns that the American people have to choose one candidate only out of two.

He said that the next U.S. president should return its troops in different countries home and respect the culture and demands of world nations, adding that this would serve the interest the America nation and help promote global peace.

The U.S. has constantly violated the rights of the Iranian nation and helped former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launch a military attack on Iran and imposed economic sanctions on the country without any reason, the president said.

"The U.S. government currently opposes our peaceful nuclear activities," Press TV quoted the president as saying.

He stated that if the U.S. corrects all its unconstructive measures, the Iranian people would overlook Washington's previous behavior, stressing that while Iran does not want tension it will defend its rights.

Iran's chief executive said that the U.S. President George W. Bush did not try to change conditions by making use of the "unique and golden" opportunities presented to him over the past three years.

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