Iran Says it is Ready for "New Approaches" from the U.S.

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Sadly, no matter what approach the new U.S. administration takes, the Iranian regime simply will not give up its quest for a nuclear bomb. Period. For Ahmadenijad, Khameini and co., it is a religous obligation. Nevertheless, here's more on potential new approaches, from AP:

Iran said Wednesday it is "ready for new approaches" from President Barack Obama as, across the Islamic world, countries cautiously welcomed his promise of mutual respect between the U.S. and Muslims.

Despite the reception, it remained clear that Iran and postwar Gaza will pose early tests of Obama's inauguration speech offer to the Muslim world to "extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Obama, who called the leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and Jordan Wednesday to voice his commitment to Arab-Israeli peace, said while campaigning that he would seek dialogue with Iran to defuse the yearslong confrontation over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and support of militant groups around the Middle East.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki struck a moderate tone soon after Obama's inaugural address, telling the country's state-run English language network, Press TV, "We are ready for new approaches by the United States."

Obama has not been specific on what incentives Washington might offer to end the deadlock between the two countries. Mottaki said Tehran was waiting for "practical policies" from the Obama administration before making any specific judgments.

In what may have been a suggestion for improving relations, Mottaki said that if Washington formally requests to open a diplomatic office in Tehran, Iran would study the idea. The U.S. has not had any diplomatic mission in Iran since the seizure of the American Embassy and hostage crisis during Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Mottaki said Washington must change Bush administration policies that he described as "based on warmongering, occupation, bullying and unfair relations."

"A new Middle East is in the making. The new generation in this region seeks justice and rejects domination," Mottaki said, according to the state news agency IRNA.

Sounds quite diplomatic. The problem is that Iran wants the region remade in its image--which means enforcing its will on its neighbors at the point of a nuclear missile.

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