Monday, October 08, 2007

Petraeus comments on Iran

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday he was not asking for talks with the United States, but they would be possible if Washington changed its policy toward Teheran, Iran's official Web site reported.

Referring to last week's comment by US President George W. Bush regarding Washington's willingness to negotiate with Iran if it suspended its nuclear program, Ahmadinejad responded: "We firstly say that we never asked for negotiations with the United States. Negotiations with the US will happen when the US government applies basic changes in its behavior and attitude."

"Setting conditions is our right since we have been worrying about your atomic bombs as well as the warmongers standing beside them," Ahmadinejad was quoted by the Web site as saying.

He reiterated that Iran was ready to negotiate with any individual and country except its arch foe, Israel.

Regarding Iran's disputed nuclear activities, Ahmadinejad said his country was ready for negotiation over mutual cooperation, "but we do consider it meaningless to talk over nuclear rights of the Iranian nation."

The basic changes Iran wants are for the US to stop supporting Israel and withdrawing US troops from Iraq. I don't think it will do one bit of good to negotiate with Iran. It is better to go in and bomb Iranian sites that threaten the West.

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