“The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer” – Barack Hussein Obama
WASHINGTON — President Obama offered the people of Iran a potential “a new beginning” Thursday, “including a better relationship with the United States and the American people, rooted in mutual interest and mutual respect.”
Obama used the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, to send a short video via Internet and international broadcasters to a country that, a top aide pointedly noted, routinely censors Internet content.
“Along with our international partners, the United States is giving Iran some relief from sanctions. Now we’re engaged in intensive negotiations in the hopes of finding a comprehensive solution that resolves the world’s concerns with the Iranian nuclear program.”
He then made clear, “As I’ve said before, I’m under no illusions. This will be difficult. But I’m committed to diplomacy because I believe there is the basis for a practical solution.”
“Iran’s highest officials, including Supreme Leader Khamenei, have said that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons. So there is a chance to reach an agreement if Iran takes meaningful and verifiable steps to assure the world that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.”
“Iran would have access to peaceful nuclear energy,” Obama said. “And we will have addressed — peacefully, with diplomacy — one of the greatest challenges to international peace and security.” It was unclear how many Iranians would have access to the video or whether state television would air it. By early Thursday, it had not. source – NY Daily News