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Iran-US discords not to be resolved by handshake: Parliament Speaker

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Ali Larijani, Iran's Parliament Speaker, expressed skepticism over US claims of change in policy and said Iran-US problems won't be resolved by superficial measures.

Ali Larijani

If they speak of change, they should show it in Palestine, the change happens when they overhaul their approach towards Palestine and show respect for Palestinians, Afghans and Iraqis, said Ali Larijani Thursday in Qom province.

"I don't believe that the Americans have surrendered to reality," he continued, change of vocabulary may change world's people attitude towards the US for a while but it will not be a cure for long-term.

"Your pain would be cured when you accept the reality that Islamic culture has maturated the region, you will have the same destiny in Iraq and Afghanistan as you had in Iran if you don't accept this reality."

Iran cannot remain indifferent toward Islamic countries fate, he said and added "it is naive to think that our problems with the US will be resolved by smile and handshake, problems are more deeply-rooted than such arguments."

US has no right to judge others: FM

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki dismissed US repetition of previous allegations regarding support for terrorism saying it has no right to judge other states.

Mottaki, who was in Havana for Non-aligned Movement (NAM) meeting, responded to the US allegations at a press conference on Thursday by referring to its Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay as examples of its double standards.

"The US, for everything that has been done in the Guantanamo prison and for its support of Israel, racism and occupation, has no jurisdiction to accuse other countries [of sponsoring terrorism]," Mottaki was cited by Press TV.

US State Department annual report on terrorism in 2008 accused Iran of being "the most significant state sponsor of terrorism".

"Iran has long employed terrorism to advance its key national security and foreign policy interests, which include regime survival, regional dominance, opposition to Arab-Israeli peace, and countering western influence, particularly in the Middle East," it added.

Mottaki also stressed in his speech at the NAM ministerial meeting that it is necessary to bring Israeli political and military leaders to trial.

He then called for prosecution of Israeli leaders, cessation of Gaza Strip blockade and rebuild of the war-wracked region.

Also describing some European diplomats move in Durban II conference as "incorrect equations in international arena" he said that their measures were with the purpose of distracting the conference from its anti-racism direction and supporting the Zionist regime.

The current situation is in need of drawing a new atmosphere in economy and politic based on justice and comprehensive participation of all nations particularly developing countries, he added.

"If the international monetary stability is regarded as a common global good, we must preserve it with all countries' participation," he said.

Ayatollah Khatami harshly criticizes US call for talks with Iran

Tehran, May 1, IRNA - Substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami here Friday castigated Washington's call for talks with Tehran.

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami

"Iranian nation is the same nation that put all options of (former US President George W.) Bush under table and into the history's dust bin. (The US President Barack) Obama is now toeing Bush's line regarding Iran," Ayatollah Khatami, who is a member of the Experts Assembly, told large groups of Friday prayers worshipers in Tehran University campus.

Elaborating on his address, Ayatollah Khatami said, "Obama claims all Bush's options against Iran are on table. Another American claims Iran remains the "most active state sponsor of terrorism" in the world and the "immature and newcomer" State Secretary of the US (Hillary Clinton) claims we (the US and its allies) consider tougher sanctions against Iran."

"Are you after talks? That's for a long time that the world people are overwhelmed by hearing your (Americans') empty drums," he questioned, calling the US claim of talks with Iran "double-standards."

"You do not want talks!" said the cleric, adding that Americans wish a day to come for them to re-plunder Iran's wealth but to no avail.

He said the US has not yet changed its policy despite 100 days passing from presidency of Obama, who came to power with the change motto.

"The world knows quite well that Obama has gained no success inside in harnessing financial crisis," commented Ayatollah Khatami.

On Palestine, he said, the US foreign policy on Palestine during Obama presidency matches those of his predecessors. "Americans always consider themselves committed to supporting Israel. That's a dark stain in the US diplomacy," he added.

As for Iraq, Ayatollah Khatami said, "You (Americans) stepped in Iraq with the lip service of guaranteeing security (there) but everybody knows that Americans show green light to terrorists. We have precise information that Americans plan to bring Baathists back to Iraq."

He noted that terror incidents in Iraq are committed under Americans' green light and Americans have given terrorists free hand to do whatever they wish.

He concluded that the US plans to prolong its presence in Iraq and that should be taken as a prelude to Americans' imposing themselves on the Iraqi statesmen.

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