Tuesday, February 10, 2009

U.S. talks with Iran

Iranian Overture Might Complicate Relations With Israel

New York Times — When President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran took up President Obama’s oft-repeated invitation for direct talks between the United States and Iran — something that hasn’t happened in 30 years — he seemed to be signaling the start of a long-delayed war-or-peace drama that may define the Obama administration’s first engagement with the rest of the world.
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Iran demands mutual respect

The Hindu India Iran has declared its readiness for a dialogue with the U.S. based on “fairness” and “mutual respect.”
The announcement was made by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a huge rally at Tehran’s iconic Azadi square, marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Iranian revolution.
“The new U.S. administration has announced that they would bring about change and that they want to hold dialogue,” Mr. Ahmadinejad told the assembled crowds, running into tens of thousands. He added: “This change must be fundamental, not a mere tactical move.” He said Iran “is ready to hold talks but talks [should be held] in a climate of fairness with mutual respect.”
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Obama urged to focus on Israel during Iran talks

Press TV Iran Tel Aviv has urged US President Barack Obama to focus on Israeli concerns when the time for Tehran-Washington talks finally arrive.
Israeli officials said Tuesday that top Obama administration officials have privately reaffirmed an unwavering commitment to Tel Aviv's security in high-level meetings over the past months.
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