While he and President Obama were expressing solidarity with Israeli's firm stance on Iran's nuclear program this week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry quietly issued a statement saying the U.S. is "strongly committed to resolving" its differences with the Islamic Republic.
While he and President Obama were expressing solidarity with Israel over Iran's nuclear program this week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry quietly issued a statement saying the United States is "strongly committed to resolving" its differences with Tehran.
President Obama is continuing his efforts to relate to the Iranian people and their leaders on their own terms by sending out an outreach video extending them best wishes for a new spring and the Persian New Year.
Iranian dissidents in the U.S. are preparing for the Persian New Year with a major push in Washington for the removal of the brutal, theocratic regime in Iran and for the relocation of 3,000 Iranian refugees confined to a squalid camp in Iraq where they are targeted by pro-Iranian terrorists.
President Obama has reversed course on his administration's policy of limiting criticism of Iran's human rights abuses, speaking out Sunday in support of imprisoned dissidents seeking democracy in the Islamic republic.
President Obama on Friday condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's suggestion that the U.S. orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, calling the remark "inexcusable" and out-of-step with the Iranian people.
To some observers, the Iranian president's obsessive ramblings are the sign of an unhinged madman; other analysts say his incendiary rhetoric is part of a calculated effort to provoke the international community and cater to hard-liners at home. Whatever his motivations, he presents one of the thorniest challenges to President Obama.