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Ahmadinejad says Obama is interfering

world Updated: Jun 28, 2009 00:35 IST
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again slammed US President Barack Obama on Saturday for “interfering” in Iran, as debate over the Iranian president’s disputed re-election showed no sign of abating.

Tehran’s streets appeared quiet after authorities warned that any further protests would be suppressed. “He (Obama) who spoke of reforms and changes, why did he interfere and comment in a way that disregards convention and courtesy?” Ahmadinejad asked.

On Friday, Obama said Iran’s “outrageous” crackdown on demonstrators would hit his hopes for direct talks with Iran.

“Any direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran is going to be affected by the events of the last several weeks,” Obama said, referring to deadly clashes between security forces and demonstrators protesting what they claim was Ahmadinejad’s fraudulent re-election.

However, he said talks over its nuclear programme, between Iran and the five veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, were likely to continue.

The United States and other Western countries suspect Iran of using its nuclear energy programme as cover for a drive for an atomic weapon. Tehran denies that, saying its aims are purely civilian.

Ahmadinejad said those Western leaders who made “insulting and irrelevant comments would be put on a fair trial” by Iran at every “international gathering.”