Ahmadinejad slams Obama, vows to fight corruption
Iran's president once again on Saturday criticized the United States and President Barack Obama, accusing the latter of interference and suggesting that Washington's stance on Iran's post election turmoil could imperil Obama's goal of improving relations.
"We are surprised at Mr. Obama," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in remarks to judiciary officials broadcast on state television. "Didn't he say that he was after change? Why did he interfere?"
"They keep saying that they want to hold talks with Iran ... but is this the correct way? Definitely, they have made a mistake," Ahmadinejad said.
Obama on Friday hailed the demonstrators in Iran and condemned the violence against them. "Their bravery in the face of brutality is a testament to their enduring pursuit of justice," Obama said, according to the AP. "The violence perpetrated against them is outrageous. In spite of the government's efforts to keep the world from bearing witness to that violence, we see it and we condemn it."
In his speech, the Iranian leader also vowed to fight those spreading corruption in the country, saying it is a stepping-stone to universal justice. “In parts of the society, people welcome justice but there are always a small group of people who refuse to give in to justice. They are the source of oppression and all of the country's problems,” Ahmadinejad said. “The Executive branch is committed to the task of ensuring justice in a general sense… but there are always hurdles that greedy oppressors create to stop the course of justice,” he added.