Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded dismissively to U.S. President Barack Obama's Persian New Year (Norouz) message.
Khamenei addresses the nation on the occasion of Norouz
Khamenei, who holds the final word on political and religious
matters under Iran's post-revolutionary constitution, by saying the Obama
administration "claimed interest in just and fair relations" but revealed the
"opposite" in its actions.
Obama on March 20 pledged to "sustain our commitment to a more hopeful future for the Iranian people" despite "differences" with the Iranian government. He stressed that a U.S. offer of diplomatic dialogue still stands.
Khamenei's remarks were carried on state television as part of his New Year's
Last year, just two months after taking office, Obama used a Norouz message to Iranians to seek a "new beginning."
compiled from Reuters and RFE/RL reports
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