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Iran wants '180?' change in US policy

Iran expects radical change in policies after Democrats' win over Republicans in last week's midterm polls.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 17:01 IST

Iran on Monday urged the United States to effect a "180 degree" change in its policies after the Democrats' victory over the Republicans in last week's midterm elections.

"If there is a 180 degree change in US policy it would be a good thing," Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told reporters.

"I hope that it is true that the United States will revise their policies and leave the region in peace, that they renounce their belligerent policies and stop supporting terrorist groups," he said.

"This would be a good thing. If the United States does this, the problems would be solved," he added, without elaborating.

The Democrats' victory in congressional elections last Tuesday has prompted speculation in Washington over a radical change in US policy on Iraq, particularly after the resignation of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

US President George Bush is to meet with a group of independent experts working on new proposals for Iraq today who are expected to recommend the US opens talks with Iran and Syria over how to stabilise Iraq.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected for his part to call for greater involvement of Syria and Iran in efforts to secure peace in Iraq and the Middle East during a keynote address today.

The US broke off diplomatic relations with Iran in 1980 after the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran by Islamic radicals and ties have remained frozen ever since.

First Published: Nov 13, 2006 16:55 IST