Iran to Hold Conference on What Obama Means

Nov 17, 2008 7:53am

ABC News’ Lara Setrakian brings my attention to Iranian Television reports that the government of Iran is planning on holding a conference entitled "Barack Obama’s Election: The Future of Iran-U.S. Ties," where various Iranian experts will assess just what President-elect Obama means to that Persian country.

Mohammad-Javad Zarif, the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, will be among those discussing what Obama means.

You may recall, we asked the President-elect about Iran at his first and only post-election press conference. Mr. Obama sounded less than eager to hop a Midway-to-Tehran shuttle, saying, "Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon, I believe, is unacceptable. And we have to mount a international effort to prevent that from happening. Iran’s support of terrorist organizations, I think, is something that has to cease."

And some in Iran seem to view Obama’s election skeptically. "People who put on a mask of friendship, but with the objective of betrayal, and who enter from the angle of negotiations without preconditions, are more dangerous," deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Hossein Taeb told the Mehr News Agency last week.

- jpt

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