TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian commander on
Monday warned the enemies against any invasion of the country, the semi-official
Fars news agency reported.
"Our enemies must know that clashing with the Islamic
Republic (of Iran) means getting stuck in a huge quagmire which will kill them,"
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General
Mohammad Hejazi said.
Hejazi made the remarks amid global attempts to
pacify tension between the West and Iran by drawing upon the dialogues.
The U.S. new president Barack Obama recently
expressed his inclination to talk to Iran directly and openly.
The U.S. Vice President Joe Biden also said on
Saturday at the security conference in Germany that the Obama administration is
determined to establish "a new tone" and "we will be willing to talk to Iran."
Iranian officials, however, are not so optimistic
towards the U.S. new policies which according to them does not recognize the
country's right to use "peaceful" nuclear technology.
Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani said
on Monday that his country expected "change" not just in "tone" and "tactic" but
in the strategic policy of the United States.
He had already warned the U.S. and its Western allies
that "the carrot and stick policy (toward Iran) must be dropped."
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged earlier
this month that the international community should tighten sanctions on Iran in
light of its launch of the first home-made satellite on Tuesday.
The United States and Israel have consistently
refused to rule out the possibility of military strikes against Iran over its
refusal to halt its nuclear program, accusing Tehran of trying to develop
nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program.
Iran has denied the charges and insisted that its
nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Sunday urged the United States to change the strategy before the talks between the two countries are initiated.
Iran's parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani who has participated at the three-day Munich Security Conference, which opened on Friday afternoon, told Iran's IRNA news agency on Sunday that the U.S. needs a change of strategy to facilitate the direct talks with Iran. Full story
TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran's parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday that the strategy change of the United States would facilitate the direct talks with Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"An American strategy change can pave the way for direct talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran," Larijani said in an interview with IRNA in Munich. Full story
MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that the United States is willing to talk to Iran conditionally, and would try to avoid the last resort to war with the Gulf country.
"Our government is reviewing our policies to Iran. We will be willing to talk to Iran and offer various choices," but would act to isolate and pressure Iran if it continues its "current course" and does not scrap its nuclear ambitions and support for terrorism, Biden said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference. Full story
TEHRAN, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran's government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham on Saturday criticized the new U.S. President Barack Obama for following George Bush's approach towards Iran, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.
"The era of this (Bush's) literature has passed and speaking in the language of the past is not suitable for today's situation," Elham said, referring to Obama's emphasis on the need for the suspension of Iran's nuclear activities. Full story
Ali Larijani, member of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, faces the media after his speech at the Munich Conference on Security Policy, Sicherheitskonferenz, at the hotel 'Bayerischer Hof' in Munich , southern Germany, Friday, Feb. 6 , 2009.(Xinhua/AFP Photo) Photo Gallery>>>
MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Friday urged the new U.S. administration to change policies toward Iran and admit past "wrongdoings" before dialogue and reconciliation could be realized between the two countries. "The carrot and stick policy (toward Iran) must be dropped," said Larijani at the three-day Munich Security Conference, which opened Friday afternoon. "Over the past years, the U.S. has burned many bridges but the new government can rebuild them ... if it accepts its mistakes and changes its policies."
New American President Barack Obama has expressed his willingness to talk to Iran, but Larijani had ruled out direct talks with the U.S. delegation on the sidelines of the Munich event. Full story