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12/07/08

FM: US stance on Iran hostile, Obama should revise approach

Tehran, Dec 7, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that the US stance in the past 30 years against Iran was hostile and advised US President-elect Barack Obama to revise White House's international and regional policies including those pertaining to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mottaki made the remarks in a meeting with university students from Khajeh Nasireddin Tousi university here on Sunday.

Mottaki also backed the letter sent by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Barack Obama congratulating him on his election and said the move is not regarded as deviation from the right path of late Imam Khomeini.

Criticizing the latest stance of the ruler of Abu Dhabi (UAE) about three Iranian islands, he advised them not to turn into a platform for US or Britain in the region.

On the three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, he said Iran will never yield even one iota of its legitimate rights.

On Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, he said the issue is regarded as the red line for the ninth government and will never give up these legitimate rights.

Iran has properly responded to US psychological warfare in due course and now they understood that if dare take any action against the country, they will be given a crushing response, he said.

Following the historical lecture of Iranian president at Colombia University, many diplomats and heads of states along with US intellectuals as well professors at Colombia's university described the move as a victory for the Islamic Republic of Iran, he pointed out.

On US presidential election, he said it provided a chance for the US to change its outlook and repair its defeated image, he said adding that Obama is now considered as the US last chance to this end.

Regarding the opening of US interest section in Tehran, he said the issue has been regarded as a media campaign and the response has been given on the same track.

Larijani would reply to letter from US congressmen: MP

Tehran, Dec 7, IRNA - Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani would reply to a letter forwarded by US congressmen suggesting to hold dialogue between the Iranian and American lawmakers, Rapporteur of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy said on Sunday.

Kazem Jalali said that the letter signed by US congressmen Gregory Meeks and Wayne Gilchrest and ruled out the denial from the congressmen due to prolongation of reply from the Iranian speaker of parliament.

In the letter, the signatories have congratulated Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on his election and that the Iranian nation and its Majlis representatives shoulder a grave responsibility and the two countries parliaments must work to meet the interests of their nations.

The US congressmen have called for a transparent dialogue between Majlis representatives who are familiar with the national interests of both nations.

The two US congressmen have introduced themselves as members of a team for dialogue between parliaments and wished such a dialogue to be held, he said.

The US congressmen had already sent similar letters to the seventh Majlis when Gholamali Haddad Adel was speaker, he said.

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