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'US global policy defeated the Republicans'

The Iranian president also warns the Democrats not to follow the policies of their predecessor.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 06:32 IST

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the Republicans' defeat in the US mid-term elections was a defeat of the country's global policies.

"This is not the defeat of (US President George W) Bush's party but the defeat of US policies in the world, the policy of arrogance, the policy of disrespect to the world nations," Ahmadinejad said at a press conference.

"This defeat in fact is the humiliation of the US nation since it questioned the prestige of the Americans."

Meanwhile, the president also warned the winning Democrats not to choose the same policies as those of the Bush administration.

"I advise those who have been elected to be more cautious of what they do. If they follow their predecessor's policies they should expect even a worse outcome. The slap this time will be even harder on their face," stressed Ahmadinejad.

"If they correct their attitude towards Iran we are ready to proceed with dialogue. We think the result of the mid-term election is an good opportunity for the US to change attitudes in order to facilitate the dialogue," he said.

"But we will never talk to the Zionist regime (Israel)," he added immediately.

The president also said he would send a message to the US people in the near future and talk to them, but he did not elaborate on what he wanted to say.

"This is the response to their (US people) request from me when I was in the US," he said, referring to his attendance to the UN assembly in New York in September.

Iran's top officials recently have repeatedly expressed their views on the US mid-term elections. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had said that the Republican defeat was a rejection of Bush's "war-mongering" policies.

First Published: Nov 15, 2006 06:32 IST