Top Iran official tells Obama to avoid Bush's rhetoric
Los Angeles Times / Ramin Mostaghim
31-Jan-2009 (one comment)

"We are still waiting for the new U.S. administration to declare its wise stand, since otherwise they would waste another few years of our time by repeating Bush's words regarding the need for Iran to halt its nuclear program, threatening us, or offering impractical, unclear promises," said Rafsanjani, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. He said that if Obama improves relations with Iran, the U.S. could count on "Iran's cooperation" in resolving "regional problems." Rafsanjani spoke two days after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran would be open to talks provided the U.S. changes its Mideast policies.

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Thirty years on, IRI still sports the same old characters as its contact and decision points for its foreign policy.  It seems no apprentices were trained and no new voices emerged in 30 years.  I wonder if the gentlemen in Qom and in Tehran have any plans for retiring, resigning, or dying.  I think by the time Rafsanjani and Khamenei and their other contemporaries die, they won't have anyone but Sepaah to step in and replace them.  The theocracy' deep suspicion and resentment of anyone outside of their small circle will eventually deliver Iran into complete military rule, something which has slowly but surely been in progress over the past decade.