U.S. waiting for reaction from Iran on Obama gesture

The Sydney News.Net
Friday 20th March, 2009 (David Gollust )

The State Department said Friday U.S. officials are looking for a reciprocal gesture from Iran after President Barack Obama's conciliatory holiday message to the Iranian people and government Thursday.

Mr. Obama said in a broadcast for the Iranian new year holiday Nowruz that the United States wants "honest engagement" with Tehran based on mutual respect.

State Department officials say the broadcast overture by the President is only one of several gestures planned by the administration to back up its expressed interest in better relations with Iran. And they say they're hopeful Iran will at some point respond in a similar fashion so that the two countries - without formal relations for three decades - can open a real dialogue.

At a news briefing, State Department acting spokesman Robert Wood said that the crux of the President's message was that despite the serious differences that have marred the relationship over time, the Obama administration is committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues with Tehran.

Senior Iranian leaders have not given any direct response but Wood signaled patience, saying the process is at an early stage.

"We're at the beginning of this process," he said. "The President has made it clear we're going to engage diplomatically with Iran. We intend to do that. It will be up to the Iranians how they want to reciprocate."

"But I also want to emphasize we still have some very difficult issues that divide us. And what the President has said is that we want to work with Iran on trying to deal with these differences. We're willing to diplomatically engage. It's really going to be up to Iran," he added.

Wood said the problem issues in the relationship include Iranian threats toward Israel and other countries in the region and its nuclear program, which U.S. officials believe is weapons-related despite statements from Tehran that it is for peaceful purposes only.

The administration is continuing a wide-ranging review of policy toward Iran in furtherance of President Obama's assertion shortly after taking office that he is ready to extend a hand of peace to Iran if that country "unclenched its fist."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed expected Iranian participation in a ministerial-level conference on Afghanistan at the end of this month at the Hague, though officials here have said there are no plans for the secretary to formally meet with the Iranian delegates there.

The State Department confirmed Thursday it is sending a senior diplomat to Moscow for another meeting on Afghanistan next week that Iran will participate in - that meeting being held by the Shanghai group of Russia, China and Central Asian countries.

Diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran were severed after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and the takeover of the U.S. embassy by Iranian militants. But diplomats of the two countries have interacted over the years at United Nations events and other international gatherings.

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` ~galljdaj+
03-21-09, 08:07 AM

U.S. waiting for reaction from Iran on Obama gesture

Its about Honest Respect, we the USA, HAVE FAILED to put Honest Respect on the Table for a long long time!

If we indeed want ot resolve 'issues' then clear the Table!

There is all Our Shit and Corruption still on the Table. Its as though we expect, 'OH! MY GOD THE US WANTS TO TALK TO us!'

Clear the Table and sit down, others will come!

03-21-09, 09:17 AM

President Obama’s sincere overture must be causing quite a debate in Iranian circles. How do you deal with a man who 'kills' you with kindness? Truly a new experience for the leaders in Teheran!

03-21-09, 10:09 AM

Yeah a gesture. A bomb.

banjar man
03-21-09, 05:18 PM

cautious, not to be trapped...!!!

a)The leaders in Tehran are very cautious because they know very well they are dealing with a country whose record is full of atrocities.... interference/illegal invasions and occupations/regimes changed etc...who could deny this?
b. IMF is an American apparatus to control and enslave its debtors. So the 4 countries are very lucky not to become its member...

03-21-09, 06:25 PM


The previous administration’s arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive for years at
home and abroad. It is high time for the United States foreign policy to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out. As the situation has improved in Iraq it will allow Obama administration to shift its focus to Iran, where the clock is ticking on a dangerous and destabilizing nuclear program. According to Richard N. Haass the President of the Council on
Foreign Relations and Martin Indyk, Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, President Barack Obama will face a series of critical, complex, and interrelated challenges in the Middle East. It demands an urgent attention: an Iraq experiencing a fragile lull in violence that is nonetheless straining the U.S. military, an Iran approaching the nuclear threshold, a faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process, weak governments in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories challenged by strong militant Islamist groups, and a U.S. position weakened by years of failure and drift. Since taking office in January, President Barack Obama has been searching for ways to engage and have direct dialogue with Iran. The New York Times reports that Iran appears to have solved many of the technological problems that hampered its enrichment of uranium. Today its centrifuges appear to be running at high efficiency, reports the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran has already produced roughly the amount of uranium to make, with further enrichment, enough fuel for a single nuclear bomb. For President Obama to be successful in the Middle East, he has no option but to move beyond Iraq, and find ways to deal constructively and positively with Iran. “While Iran was just talking to the world, it moved to the threshold of becoming a nuclear state," John Kerry, D-Mass., said during a recent hearing on Iran. “I point this out because we cannot move forward to a solution without understanding how we got to this dangerous juncture in history. The time for incremental steps and unanswered questions is over”. According to Frank G. Wisner
II, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Iran is important, Iran is urgent, and we have no choice but to deal with Iran, despite the negatives. “In short, if we’re to make any progress with the questions that we face in Iraq, Afghanistan, with the nuclear questions, energy issues, Israel-
Palestine, we have to be able to take Iran into account and deal with it.", said Frank Wisner. President Obama will also discover that time is working against him. Obama should offer direct official engagement with the Iranian government, without preconditions, along with other incentives in an attempt to turn Tehran away from developing the capacity to rapidly produce substantial amounts of nuclear-weapons-grade fuel. Military action against Iran by the United States is an unattractive option, given its risks and costs. Accordingly, President Barack Obama has offered Iran a 'new beginning'. The president said dialogue with Iranian 'should be
explored'. This is the right time and comes in the context of a major overhaul of United States
foreign policy by the Obama administration. Undoubtedly President’s effort to reach out to
Iranians could eventually benefit regional security. The remarkable message from President Barack Obama to Iran - offering “the promise of a new beginning” in its relationship with Iran - was launched on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. The President praised Iran’s history and civilization but noted that relations between Iran and the U.S. have been “strained” for three decades. He voiced a commitment to dialogue as a way of resolving the “differences that have grown” over the years. He said Iran could “take its rightful place in the community of nations” without “terror or arms," a reference to Tehran’s alleged support for
militant groups opposed to Israel and accusations that it is using a nuclear energy program as a cover for building an atomic weapons capability. â��It needs efforts from both sides, the Americans as well as the Iranians, to reach cooperation or at least a kind of understanding,â�� the President said. Obama’s message comes at a very opurtune time. “My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties," President said. Barack Obama’s message “clearly signaled his administration’s recognition of Iran as a potential negotiating partner” and “a tacit recognition that Tehran is a key player in several hot-button issues," including Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arab-Israeli conflict. “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," he said. “This process will not be
advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect." President Obama said that the process of improving US-Iranianrelations “will not be advanced by threats” and that he seeks instead “engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect”. Respect and recognition as a leading and legitimate power in the strategic Gulf region and guarantees that the United States has given up regime change in Tehran, is indeed what Iran wants. Indeed a welcome gesture on the part of new administation in Washington. It is an amazing development in international relations that would have seemed impossible during George Bush’s time in office.

03-21-09, 09:09 PM


by SYED WARIS SHERE was beautifully written. Mr.Shere’s analysis is to the point when he says that the previous administrationâ��s arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive for several years. I am the least surprised when The New York Times reports that Iran appears to have solved many of the technological problems that hampered its enrichment of uranium. The major question of the day is that if countries like India, Pakistan and Israel has the nuclear capabilities then why not Iran. I fully endorse President Obama when he said that the process of improving US-Iranian relations â��will not be advanced by threatsâ�� and that he seeks instead â��engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respectâ��. Respect and recognition as a leading and legitimate power in the strategic Gulf region and guarantees that the United States has given up regime change in Tehran, is indeed what Iran wants. Indeed a welcome gesture on the part of new administation in Washington. Mr. Shere sums it intelligently and indeed it is an amazing development in international relations that would have seemed impossible during George Bushâ��s time in office. An excellent write-up by Mr. Shere and I congratulate him when he suggests
that it is the best of times for the United States foreign policy to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out.

03-21-09, 09:32 PM


Thank you Syed Waris Shere for your excellent analysis. Bush and Chenney has destroyed this planet. Because of them America was hated in most of the countries around the globe. You can never win with confrontation. President Barack Obama is the right person at the right time to open a dialogue with Iran with a rich history and a great civilization. He has an open mind. Mr. Shere, please keep it up, it is very rare to see such writings.

03-21-09, 05:56 PM

` ~galljdaj+;

` ~galljdaj+;135000:
Its about Honest Respect, we the USA, HAVE FAILED to put Honest Respect on the Table for a long long time!

If we indeed want ot resolve 'issues' then clear the Table!

There is all Our Shit and Corruption still on the Table. Its as though we expect, 'OH! MY GOD THE US WANTS TO TALK TO us!'

Clear the Table and sit down, others will come!

RESPECT? What the hell is respectful about Sharia Law? Stoning young women to death? Honor killings? Beheadings? Forced amputations? Suicide murders? Using women and children as human shields?

You muslimaniac scum are disgusting POS!

03-21-09, 10:42 AM

Ya!!! you old farth Galljdaj demand respect, to who, a darn Muslim and a communist old farth that want every thing for free. Let me tell you old farth, there no such thing as non corrupt goverment in the world except the Atlantis but they are gone and nver be found or the Astec and they vanished into a thin air. Your world might go under too, if we do not watxch it. Tell me you are an American ,come on.

Positive thinking.
03-21-09, 10:59 AM

An independent Balochistan is the cure of all diseases.

Be happy, don`t worry about a free Balochistan.
Khan Jan Baloch Posted on 3/20/2009 7:23:16 PM
appeared in “South Asia Analysis Group”
— — —
Be happy, don`t worry about a free Balochistan.

History is made after threats, genocides and the oppressions by State`s various actors on one hand. But on the other hand, she writes her chapters & shapes her profile in accordance with the prevailing socio-economic atmosphere, by her geopolitical situation, pushing the masses to the walls, creating the sense of slavery. The yearnings of the oppressed nations for the emanicipation is formed by the mutual agreements of the nations for their bilateral existance and above of all, the firm determination to throw the yoke of slavery writes excellent events in the books called history.

Balochistan has never accepted the dominance of Pakistan since Marach, 1948 and Afghanistan has never accepted the illegal occupation of Pakhtunkhawa and Balochistan by Pakistan.To maintain the illegal occupation over Balochistan and Pakhtunkhawa, Pakistan has left no stone unturened to destabilize Afghanistan. Millions of human beings have been slaughtered after the killing of Sardar Daud Khan, the first President of Afghanistan, due to the Pakistani ISI inspired military coup. Remember that Sardar Daud Khan was a staunch supporter of Pashtuns & Balochs. He was removed by Panjabis to keep Balochs and Pashtuns in the schakels of slavery. But Panjabis could not and shall never be victorous in Afghanistan to make Afghans their slaves any more. On the contrary, in the foreseeble future, Afghanistan shall be in strong position to deliver the fruits of freedom to his neighbouring brothers - Pashtuns & Balochs. Do weep or laugh loudly, you have to free Balochistan.

To sustain the illegal occupation of Baloch and Pakhtun lands, the Pakistani establishment threatens her neighbours with WMD, installation of Wahabi Talibanisation in Pakistan, promulgation of Sharia Laws, with their “green garden” vision to establish Khilafate Raj in the whole world.

The Pakistani proxy war, either in Afghanistan or in India is a totall failure. Her allies, middle-east countries, Iran, North Korea and China can finance them and provide different weapons but they shall never be able to stop the melting-down of the forced-married State called Pakistan.

In the end, Khane Qalat, Mir Daud Khan - based in London, - shall give permission to NATO/ISAF forces to use Baloch land, coast and air space for the logistic supply to Baloch`s friends in Afghanistan. Do laugh loudly or cry deeply, but you have to free Balochistan because Balochs whole-heartly aspire that Balochistan should get her status before 27th March, 1948. Khane Qalat as the head of the State, assisted by two Baloch Parliaments..The lower house and the upper house. It`s not 1948.

Be happy & laugh loudly for the freedom of Balochistan because it shall bring peace and prosperity not only in South Asia but in the whole world. A student of political science is well aware that Balochistan has been the pivotal political policy of Pakistan. The thirst of adding more land in Pakistan and to exploit or steal the rich mineral resources of Balochistan are the main reasons for many Military Coups, internal unrest and denial of human rights to the citizens of Pakistan for the last 61 years.To keep the golden bird - Balochistan - in the cage, Pakistani ISI has waged several wars during the period of 61 years on different fronts. It`s the same case now, too. Pakistani Military and ISI is spreading her “War of terror” not only against Balochs but also she is very busy on her eastern and western borders, leaving aside their adventures in remote lands, over the seven seas !!! The abundent incomes from the Baloch mineral resources has helped to enlarge the Pakistani Army and covered the costs to build WMD. Baloch mineral wealth has increased the bank balances of the elite class of Pakistan.The common citizens of Pakistan shall never cry for a free Balochistan as they do not benefit from the looting of natural resources of Balochistan. The neighbouring countries shall, surely, rejoice on the freedom of Balochistan because the Pakistani Army shall never be able to carry-out their pocket Jehadi activities abroad.

Pakistan has ploughed and sowed the idea of “depth stratagic policy in both India & Afghanistan." Now she is reaping the same inputs. Pakistani establishment is not impunate to terrorize and kill the citizens of her neighbours. One can predict, that in the foreseeble period, the counter-insurgencey and surgical strikes all over Pakistan may be the “common dadily news” in response to their illegal interference in the affairs of their neighbours.

While, the continued insurgencies shall, undoubtedly, cripple the economy of Pakistan with the result of demoralisaring & decreasing the number of her Armed Forces and various Jehadi Organisations. The self created crisis by ISI in Pakistan, with their motives to pave the way for Talibanisation in Pakistan, shall never be accepted by Balochistan. The civilised world alongwith the United Nations shall come forward to help Balochistan & Pakhtunkhawa, as an ally, to fight against Talibans, fundamental Islamic forces and Chinese menace. The chances for
a secular, a democratic and free Balochistan are
as bright as a light of a day!!! Please be happy and don`t worry, if Balochs get their freedom.

Thanks to the present greedy elite class of Pakistan, the Pakistani common citizen`s economic burden shall be unbearable and Balochistan shall be denied and bluffed to get her rights, as usual. The mutiny of the ethnic groups of Pakistan shall never be finished. Social, secterian and the ISI created crisis shall add the misery to the stabilisation of Pakistan.

Again, The civilised world shall be smart enough by refusing to “dig their own graves." as they shall be enlightened that the aid to Pakistan, money & weapons - finally is destined to Talibans (read: Pakistani trained gorilla soldiers ) who kill NATO soldiers in Afghanistan. They are well aware that Pakistan can`t solve their economic problems, even if they get fifty billion dollars every month. In the long run, the clash between the Pakistani Army and the people of Pakistan shall result into a new geo/socio/economic contract which means, in the case of Balochistan, an Independent State.....be happy don`t worry !!!

Again, not only the neighbours of Pakistan are in trouble but the greedy class and their barbarous, disgraced Army and ISI has made an hell to the citizens of whole Pakistan, including her mainland...Panjab. Why they are experiencing trouble, difficulties, inflation, Military dictator-ships, wars, countless self created crisis by ISI, sectarian crisis, ethnic battles? Is it not the result of
forcebly hold Balochistan in Pakistan? Why a common Pakistani is not welcommed in Western world to seek employment and they are suspected as Talibans/Quides or Qazis? The answer is ....Pakistani Army is attempting, unsuccessfuly, to keep their occupation over Balochistan and they are, like the insae beasts are “fighting the war of terror” against the whole world, specially against Afghanistan and India. Be happy & don`t worry, if Balochistan emerges as a free State.

The beneficial side-effects of the freedom of Balochistanshall be the freedom of the people of Panjab and rest of Pakistan i.e. to take the breath of freedom in democracy, freedom to speech, freedom for movement, economic freedom for an ordinary citizen of Pakistan and freedom to settle in the whole world. They can purchase the mineral resources of Balochistan on very cheap prices and Balochistan shall be their nice, truthworthy and friendly neighbour.

We do firmly beleive that an Independent Balochistan shall feed more Panjabis. A peaceful and free Balochistan shall need more labours, technicians and men of white collor.This gap can be filled-up not only bt Panjabi Balochs but also from central and eastern part of Panjab. On the other hand, the whole world, including India and Afghanistan, shall create golden opportunies to boost the economic opportunities for a peaceful Panjab/Pakistan. This can only happen if you don`t cry but be happy for..... an Independent, sovereign and free Balochistan which - in foreseeble future- shall help Panjab to not become a land-locked country. The chance are crystal clear that the Free Balochistan shall make a Union with Panjab, as we see, nowadays ..... in European Union.

Be happy & don`t worry about the freedom of Balochistan..

( The Global Friends of Balochs )

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03-21-09, 12:43 PM

Olive branch refused!

Tehrans religious leader has said he sees no real change between the Bush Doctrine and the Obama Doctrine.

Might have to give the Iranian religious leader a little more respect for seeing through The lies and manipulations of the Obama and his banking elite controllers.
If you don’t trust the links go to google video and look up the bolded text yourself.
Obama speech to Iran.

The truth!


See for yourself the proof that Obama and the US Government are not as we the people believe them to be.
What have you got to lose but ignorance?

The only countries on this planet not under the International monetary fund IMF are Iran, Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela.
Funny how the access of evil also is not controlled or in debt to any world banking system.
Yes the above countries have massive problems In no way am I saying they are good but they own themselves.

03-21-09, 07:10 PM

Syed Waris Shere

�One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.�
President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

�If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq�s weapons of mass destruction program.�
President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

�Iraq is a long way from USA but, what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.�
Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

�He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.�
Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

�We urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S.Constitution and Laws, to take necessary actions, (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq�s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.�
Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998

�Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.�
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

�Hussein has .. chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.�
Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

�There is no doubt that � Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue a pace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.�
Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001

�We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.�
Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

�We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.�
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

�Iraq�s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.�
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

�We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.�
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

�The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons��
Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

�I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force� if necessary� to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.�
Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

�There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years � We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.�
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

�He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do� Rep.
Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

�In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.�
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

�We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.�
Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

�Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation � And now he is miscalculating America�s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction� So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real ��
Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan.23.2003

03-21-09, 09:54 PM

Mohammad Adil

Bush and Chenney has destroyed this planet. Because of them America was hated in most of the countries around the globe. You can never win with confrontation.

What are you, some kind of a crackpot? Destroyed the planet? You must live in asylum.
If it weren’t for Bush/Cneney Saudi Arabia might now be part of Saddam’s Iraq. Or are you an admirer and supporter of murderous tyrants like Saddam?

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