The Houston Chronicle

Iran’s supreme leader dismisses Obama overtures
The Houston Chronicle

Iran’s supreme leader rebuffed President Barack Obama’s latest outreach on Saturday, saying Tehran was still waiting to see concrete changes in U.S. policy.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was responding to a video message Obama released Friday in which he reached out to Iran on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian new year, and expressed hopes for an improvement in nearly 30 years of strained relations.

Khamenei said there has been no change even in Obama’s language compared to that of his predecessor. « He (Obama) insulted the Islamic Republic of Iran from the first day. If you are right that change has come, where is that change? What is the sign of that change? Make it clear for us what has changed. »

Khamenei, wearing a black turban and dark robes, said America was hated around the world for its arrogance, as the crowd chanted « Death to America. »