Iran welcomes Obama “realistic comments”
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said Monday that American practices were the main yardstick to judge real change in Washington’s policy towards Tehran. The Iranian official welcomed President Barack Obama’s recent statement in an interview with the NewsWeek that Washington had adopted a wrong approach vis-à-vis Iran during the past three decades.
According to IRNA, Qashqavi referred to President Obama’s assessment as “realistic comments” and stressed that Iran was to give a chance to the US new administration to correct its previous mistakes towards Iran and create “practical changes.”
Asked what kind of changes Iran expects from Washington, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said, “We are not to prejudge. The US officials have to decide whether to make a real, strategic or tactical change regarding Iran and we just wait and see.”
Meanwhile, Qashqavi suggested the White House to avoid being influenced by propaganda of the US-based Zionist lobby. Referring to the current visit to US by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Iranian spokesman called on American officials to take into consideration their own national interests in their talks with him.