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Iran says surveilling U.S. behavior over "motto of change"
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17:20, April 05, 2009

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Iranian Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that Iran was "vigilantly" surveilling the behavior of the United States over its "motto of change," the official IRNA news agency reported.

"Iranians were focusing on the behavior of American administration to decide whether the motto of change is only a game of rhetoric or has a real authentic essence," Larijani was quoted as saying at a session of the parliament.

The Iranian speaker said the motto of change being advocated by the U.S. administration originated from the fact that the United States needed to repair its damaged image in the international community.

Authentic changes in the U.S. policies should manifest in such practical measures as decreasing sanctions against Iran, stopping violent actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and allowing the two nations to determine their own destiny, Larijani said.

The United States should also defend the right of the oppressed Palestinian nation and stop equipping Israel with destructive arms, Larijani added.

On March 20, U.S. President Barack Obama sent an unexpected video message on the Iranian New Year's day, calling for a "new beginning" of engagement with the Islamic Republic.

It was Obama's latest overture to Iran since he took office in January with a slogan of change in its ties with the Islamic Republic with which the United States has had no diplomatic relations for nearly 30 years.

Iranian officials, however, have showed their misgivings about Washington's real intentions and repeatedly urged "real changes."


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