Iran - not unclenching fists at all!
‘“We welcome the wish of the president of the United States to put away past differences,” Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Mr Ahmadinejad’s press advisor was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
“But the way to do that is not by Iran forgetting the previous hostile and aggressive attitude of the United States. The American administration has to recognise its past mistakes and repair them as a way to put away the differences.”
He said Iran would not forget the role the US played when Mohammad Mossadeq, the former prime minister, was overthrown in a coup in 1953. Nor would it forget the 1988 shooting down of an Iranian passenger plane by a US warship in which all 290 people aboard were killed.
He added that Tehran would also remember America’s support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the sanctions it levied against Iran and its support for Iran’s main militant opposition group, the People’s Mujahideen of Iran.
“But this attitude of the United States did not weaken us and now the Islamic Republic of Iran is very strong in the world,” he said. “The only source of instability in the region is the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.” ‘
So why didn’t you apologise for all that already, PB0?