Video President Obamas Message to the Iranian People
So in this season of new beginnings I would like to speak clearly to Iran’s leaders. We have serious differences that have grown over time. My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community. This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.
You, too, have a choice. The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization. And the measure of that greatness is not the capacity to destroy, it is your demonstrated ability to build and create.
So on the occasion of your New Year, I want you, the people and leaders of Iran, to understand the future that we seek. It’s a future with renewed exchanges among our people, and greater opportunities for partnership and commerce. It’s a future where the old divisions are overcome, where you and all of your neighbors and the wider world can live in greater security and greater peace.
I know that this won’t be reached easily. There are those who insist that we be defined by our differences. But let us remember the words that were written by the poet Saadi, so many years ago: “The children of Adam are limbs to each other, having been created of one essence.”
This will ruffle feathers in Israel and with Washington’s Neocons.
Debka and other Israeli press have a daily incitement of hate towards Iran. Who we will have to hate next? Once Iran is no longer the bogeyman?
Isn’t America anyway in it’s death throws?
And presumably there is foreknowledge of such an event as Obama addressing Iranians, what deals were done? Supply routes through Iran to Afghanistan? The video must be being shown throughout Iran now.
We’re all Iranians now!
The Nowruz holiday is not Islamic; Iranians of all religions celebrate the 12-day event. Traditionally, the US president and secretary of state release statements for Nowruz. Guardian (via iraq-war)
United States President Barack Obama issued an unprecedented videotaped appeal to Iran on Friday offering a “new beginning” of diplomatic engagement to turn the page on decades of U.S. policy toward America’s longtime foe. Haaretz
Iranian officials say they welcome the idea of talks based on ‘mutual respect’, urging a ‘real’ shift of policy in the US administration and not a change in tactics.
Last week, President Obama extended for another year sanctions imposed against Iran under Bill Clinton in 1995. PressTV