November 8th, 2008
07:24 AM ET
14 years ago

Iran blasts Obama's nuclear criticism

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ahmadinejad on Thursday outlined where he thinks U.S. policy needs to change."]
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) - Iran's parliament speaker has criticized U.S. President-elect Barack Obama for saying that Iran's development of a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.

Ali Larijani said on Saturday Obama should apply his campaign message of change to U.S. dealings with Iran.

"Obama must know that the change that he talks about is not simply a superficial changing of colors or tactics," Larijani said in comments carried by the semi-official Mehr News Agency.

"What is expected is a change in strategy, not the repetition of objections to Iran's nuclear program which will be taking a step in the wrong direction."

In his first post-election news conference Friday afternoon, Obama reiterated that he believes a nuclear-armed Iran would be "unacceptable." He also said he would help mount an international effort to prevent it from happening.

Larijani said U.S. behavior toward Iran "will not change so simply," but that Obama's election showed internal conditions in the United States have shifted.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    What do you know. At least people outside of this country aren't afraid to point out that 'change' is all about race. It's been about race from the beginning. 52% of Americans have been fooled.

    November 8, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Paul

    Obama is not are President yet. How do you blast a man who has done nothing?

    November 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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