Obama to Iran: Let Us 'Move Forward'
By VOA News
U.S. President Barack Obama says he is prepared to
work with Iran "without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect" to resolve
issues between the two countries. But in his
speech to the Muslim
world from Cairo, Mr. Obama reiterated the U.S. position that Iran must not be
allowed to pursue nuclear weapons.
The United States and its Western allies fear Iran's uranium enrichment
activities are being used to create nuclear weapons. Tehran insists that its
nuclear program is for the peaceful purpose of civilian energy.
President Obama said the opposition to Tehran developing a nuclear weapon is
aimed at preventing a nuclear arms race in the region.
He also said no single nation should decide which countries have nuclear
weapons. But he "strongly reaffirmed America's commitment to seek a world in
which no nations hold nuclear weapons."
Mr. Obama acknowledged what he called a "tumultuous history" between the United
States and Iran.
He said that during the Cold War, Washington played a role in the overthrow of
Iran's democratically elected government . Analysts believe this is the first
time a U.S. president has publicly acknowledged a U.S. role in the 1953 coup
that toppled Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq.
Ready to move forward
Mr. Obama also said that since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in
acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians.
He said that the United States is ready to move forward and asked what type of
future Iran wants to build.
In an April interview on U.S. television, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
said his government is working on a package of proposals for U.S. talks and
plans on releasing it soon.
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