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Obama expected to make strategic changes in US foreign policy: Iran's Parliament Speaker

Tehran, Nov 8, IRNA - Iran'a Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Saturday that the US president-elect Barack Obama is expected to make strategic changes in the US foreign policy.

Addressing a local seminar, he said that Obama is expected to send correct signals to the regional nations.

Obama can understand that change does not mean a change of color or superficial developments, but it has to do with strategic policies.

Referring to Obama's recent remarks on Iran's peaceful nuclear program, he said it represents pursuit of the same erroneous policy of the past.

Obama on Iran
This is what Sen. Barack Obama said about Iran at a his first news conference as president-elect Friday afternoon:

Question: Senator, for the first time since the Iranian revolution, the president of Iran sent a congratulations note to a new U.S. president. I'm wondering if, first of all, if you responded to President Ahmadinejad's note of congratulations and, second of all, and more importantly, how soon do you plan on sending low-level envoys to countries such as Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, to see if a presidential-level talk would be productive?

Obama: I am aware that the letter was sent. Let me state -- repeat what I stated during the course of the campaign.

Iran's development of a nuclear weapon I believe is unacceptable. And we have to mount a international effort to prevent that from happening.

Iran's support of terrorist organizations I think is something that has to cease.

I will be reviewing the letter from President Ahmadinejad, and we will respond appropriately. It's only been three days since the election. Obviously, how we approach and deal with a country like Iran is not something that we should, you know, simply do in a knee- jerk fashion. I think we've got to think it through.

But I have to reiterate once again that we only have one president at a time. And I want to be very careful that we are sending the right signals to the world as a whole that I am not the president and I won't be until January 20th.

If Washington wants to change the situation in the region, it should send correct and appropriate signals to the regional states, the Iranian Majlis speaker said.

Obama became the first US African-American president to ever conquer the White House as his Republican rival John McCain conceded the presidential race to him after he triumphed 349 electoral votes to McCain.

Obama, 47, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas.

His inauguration, as the 44th US president, will be held on January 20, 2009.

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