Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ahmadinejad: We won't talk with US without preconditions

Look who is controlling the conversation, the communication and soon the actual sequence of events-you are surprised given our government leaders?

Apr. 26, 2009 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

While the Islamic republic believes "in talking, in negotiating, based on sincerity, respect and justice," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that his country would not hold talks with the Obama administration unless "a clear-cut framework" and "clear agenda" were agreed upon beforehand. In an interview with ABC News aired on Sunday, Ahmadinejad said that he had "no reservations when it comes to talking," but that the nuclear program is "a special issue."

"We think that the nuclear issue needs to be resolved in the context of the agency and regulations. We are just utilizing our legal rights," the Iranian leader was quoted as saying.

When asked whether Iran would support a two-state peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, Ahmadinejad said that Iran would honor any decision made by the Palestinians.

"Whatever decision they take, we will support that. We think that this is the right of the Palestinian people," he said.

He also called on other nations, specifically the US and European governments, to respect the Palestinians' right to determine their fate.

The Iranian president went on to say he had "fully expected" US President Barack Obama to participate in the UN racism follow-up conference held in Geneva last week, noting that while he didn't believe Obama supported racism, he "should have been there and should have condemned outright racism and racial discrimination."

Several nations, including the US, boycotted the conference as they feared it would serve as a stage for attacking Israel, which was in fact the focus of Ahmadinejad's speech.

However, the Iranian leader said that when he was talking against "the Zionist regime, the first proviso for successful talks would be to give the other party the freedom to speak. Mr. Obama has the right to have his own opinion, obviously."

"My point of view is that the Zionist regime is the manifestation of racism," Ahamdinejad stated.

He went on to say that Western diplomats who walked out during his speech in Geneva "are free to have their own points of view," but noted that he did not understand "why they want to deny me my ideas."

When asked why he insisted on questioning the Holocaust even when it has established as a historical fact and even though Iranian politicians worry that this kind of talk isolates Iran, Ahamdinejad explained why he believed the issue was not being treated fairly.

The two main problems with the way the world is regarding the Holocaust, the Iranian president said, were that the Palestinians were expected to pay the price for European racism, and that research that questions the "Jewish Holocaust" is not permitted.
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Comment: No, this is not the real reason he keeps bringing up his denial. first, he knows we will respond in kind-this keeps his "message" active-no better PR you see. Second, he knows this undermines the legitimacy of Israel in the eyes of the Arabs-?Arabs who are ignorant about international history-and his strategy works everytime he goes on a Western show and tell-stop it-now!

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