Iran expects Obama to make real change: Larijani

November 9, 2008

TEHRAN - Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Saturday that Iran expects U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to make a “strategic revision” of U.S. policy.

“Obama should understand that the change that he talked about is not a change of color or a superficial or tactical change, but it is expected that these changes will be strategic,” Larijani stated.
If the same old platitudes are repeated about Iran’s nuclear program, that will be a sign that “steps on the wrong path of the past” are being taken again, he added.
Larijani also said Obama should send “correct signals to the people” of the Middle East.
He went on to say that the current U.S. strategy is in a “state of confusion and disorder.”
“This kind of strategic confusion inspired Obama to propose the theory of change.”
He added, “Of course, I do not want to adopt a positive view toward the election of Obama because U.S. conduct will not change easily,” but the policies pursued by the U.S. over the past have made change inevitable.
“But the Americans will succeed only if they show national will for change.”
Turning to Iran’s regional status, he said all countries now acknowledge Iran’s important role in the region.
If U.S. unilateralism has ended in failure, it has been because of Iran’s regional power, he noted.
U.S. officials have now realized that the world needs consensus and that statesmen should gather together to formulate a correct plan to manage the world, he added.
“Managing the world through military force is no longer possible,” he observed.
Commenting on the invasion of Afghanistan, he said the U.S. had four aims in the act of adventurism: capturing Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, capturing Taleban leader Mullah Omar, fighting terrorism, and curbing drug production.
However, after seven years, none of these goals have been realized, he pointed out.
In 2001, 200 tons of opium were produced in Afghanistan, but this year it has reached 9000 tons, he added