August 2nd, 2010
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Ahmadinejad says he's willing to hold one-on-one talks with Obama

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday he is willing to hold one-on-one talks with President Obama.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday he is willing to hold one-on-one talks with President Obama.

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is willing to hold one-on-one talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in September, he said Monday.

Ahmadinejad expects to visit New York then for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, he said at a speech in Tehran.

"I will be ready for talks, for one-on-one talks, with Mr. Obama in front of the media, of course," he said, posing the offer as a repeat of one he has been making to the U.S. president for years.

The White House did not immediately comment on the speech, which was carried live on Iran's government-backed Press TV.

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Updated: 8:48 a.m.

Filed under: Iran • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • President Obama
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  1. Anonymous

    So far, in modern times, we have not seen a direct assassination attempt by one head of state on another, but I wouldn't put it past Mr. Ahmadinadjad. At a minimum, he should be sent back to kindergarten to learn elementary good manners before he's allowed to talk to grownups... but that could be said of many a one, these days.

    August 2, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Ahmadinejad is smart, anticipating an upcoming Republican presidency that will less sympathetic to him than Obama's.

    August 2, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Can't we all just get along?

    I'm a firm believer that we have to keep the lines of communication open to other countries, even ones like Iran, but thank goodness that doesn't mean we have to do business with these particular countries. Being polite and diplomatic is always a good thing (and something George Bush never learned), so a talk aired on international tv would be something was all show and little substance, but diplomacy directs all world leaders to do things like this.

    It might soothe a few feathers and keep the saber rattling down.

    August 2, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    He had his chance and blew it. Now he can suffer the consequences.

    August 2, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    Maybe President Obama should just let Palin and Brewer have a one-on-one with Ahmadinejad, since they think they have the "cojones" our President lacks. Of course, W must lack them also, since his only battle against illegal immigrants was to destroy the economy and take away their jobs.

    August 2, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Orlando Patriot

    And I'll bet Obama will sit down and talk with this terrorist. Obama will speak with Ahmadinejad, has talked with Hugo Chavez, and loves to speak with anybody that hates this country. Funny though that he won't talk with those that LOVE this country. He wouldn't speak with Bobby Jindal (Governor of Louisiana) regarding the oil spill or visit Arizona to speak with Jan Brewer (Governor of Arizona) regarding immigration. What does that say for the character of Barack Obama – very very little.

    Obama has been a great disappointment in every area of his leadership (or lack of). Do you know the ONE thing that bothers me the most? This president has NEVER said that he loves this country. Do you realize he has NEVER said that he truly loves this country? Does that bother you and much as it does me that we have a president that constantly talks of "changing" this country and never has said he loves this country? This president is intentionally trying to ruin this country so he can rebuild it in a manner that more closely lines up with his Socialist philosophy. Don't take my word for it – Obama has even SAID SO!! Can't you see that?

    August 2, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Brian Orlando

    The Ayatollah rules Iran not the President..... let's send Palin!

    August 2, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    I don't see why. Heads of state talk to heads of state, and Ahmadinejad is not the head of state of Iran. He may hold the title, but the true head of state for Iran is the Ayatollah Khameini. The army, national police, Republican Guards, all internal and external intelligence agencies report to him. He determines who is allowed to run for office and he can remove any elected official at any time on his own authority. He certified Ahmadinejad's "overwhelming" election victory before any returns were reported.

    Ahmadinejad can't wipe his own backside without the Ayatollah's approval. Obama should publicly suggest one-on-one talks with the Ayatollah instead.

    August 2, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Adalbert

    By all means, they should talk. It beats going to war.

    August 2, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. DENNA

    But is he genuine or is he just showing off what a "swell" guy he is? If President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is genuine, the talks will be fruitful. If this is all for his own amusement, then it will be a waste of President Obama's time, and it will give the Rethuglicans more ammunition, because that's all they know how to do.

    August 2, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am sure that there would be someone who could sit down with him from the administration. I believe they are from the CIA, NSA and other intelligence agencies.

    August 2, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. hypocricnnation

    I Can See It Now, Somewhere Senator John McCain Is Having A Fit, And FOX News Channel(FIXed News Channel) Will Actually Give Us All A "Credible" (Dubious) Breaking News Alert!

    August 2, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. ST

    Who cares about what this crazy man so called Ahmadinejad says. He gave the same offer to "W" and he let him down. President Obama should do the same. He is above this, and he should talk to people who are serious in business and not wasting his precious time by talking to people like Ahmadinejad!

    August 2, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Gil

    This low life form doesn't deserve to be standing on the same stage as Obama. I seem to remember him challenging bush to the same thing? Now that would have been a more equal stage duo!

    August 2, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Cosmo

    This terrorist should not be allowed in the United States. That should be the answer to his offer to "talk".

    August 2, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. thor

    Now,Obama, are you gonna take him up on his offer !!!!Or was that just campaign rhetoric?

    August 2, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Marcus

    More smoke and mirrors coming from a demented individual.

    August 2, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |