Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Iran's government spokesman Gholam-Hossein
Elham on Saturday urged the United States to change its policy towards Iran and
the world, saying the country has no choice.
Responding to the U.S. offer of direct talks between Iran and the United
States, Elham said that "there remains no choice for the United States but
change, and this change is determined to be done," Iran's Mehr news agency
Elham said that "the U.S. behavior of focusing on the secondary matters
will not solve any issue. Negotiation and the like is secondary, the main issue
is there is left no other choice in the world but change."
He said the U.S. request of the talks "means the passivity of the Western
thought, the failure of capitalist thought and the failure of the system of
"The only way out of this passivity is to change the outlook to the world
and to the human being which is the most important discourse in today's world,"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that the United States
must make a "fundamental" change in its policy instead of only tactics.
"Changes can happen in two ways, one is a fundamental and effectual change
and the other is a change of tactics," Ahmadinejad told a rally in the western
Iranian city of Khermenshah.
"Those who say they want to make changes should apologize to the Iranian
people and try to make up for their past faults and crimes they committed
against Iran," Ahmadinejad said.
In a recent interview with Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television, new U.S.
President Barack Obama said "if countries like Iran are willing to unclench
their fist, they will find an extended hand from us."
The United States and its allies have accused Tehran of its intention to
develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran
denied the charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful
The United States severed its ties with Iran in 1980. Since then,
Washington has been trying to beef up its sanctions against Tehran for allegedly
developing secretly nuclear weapons and for being involved in anti-U.S.
coalition forces activities.