Here’s Obama’s message to Iran,
As you can see from the video, the message does not differentiate between the Iranian leadership and its people. Trita Parsi at the National Iranian American Council points out,
“By using the term “Islamic Republic,” Obama is also signaling America’s acceptance of Iran’s revolution,” Parsi says. “This does not mean that America will not welcome democratization in Iran, but it does signal that the policy of regime change has been cast aside.”
It didn’t take long for a response:
Iran responds to Barack Obama’s video appeal with nuclear pledge
US President Barack Obama’s appeal for a ‘new beginning’ with Iran has been met by a pledge to turn on the country’s nuclear power plant this year.
In an unusually swift reaction to Mr Obama’s overture, Aliakbar Javanfekr, an aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Iran welcomed “the interest of the American government to settle differences”.
But he said that the US government “should realise its previous mistakes and make an effort to amend them”.
In an almost simultaneous announcement, from Iran’s energy minister, Parviz Fattah, said that the country would “finish and operate” its controversial Russian-built Bushehr nuclear plant by the end of the year.
“Iran has chosen a direction for achieving peaceful nuclear energy. We have mainly reached this aim,” he said at the World Water Forum in Istanbul.
“Exactly 20 days from now we will have another celebration for celebrating the achievements we have gained for peaceful nuclear energy. You will hear about the news,” he said.
“Iran will finish and operate the Bushehr nuclear plant by the end of this year.”
He added that while Mr Obama’s message to his country on the occasion of the Iranian New Year was “positive”, it had to be followed by “positive action”.
As far as the Iranian regime goes, they’re sticking to their nuclear plans. Not that I expected otherwise.
Cross-posted at PoliGazette.