Irans President Suggests Way To Peace

01.28.09 | FL News Team

Iran says it welcomes President Obama's offer of a change in U.S. policy, but there is a "catch." Speaking after Obama offered to extend a hand of peace if Iran "unclenched its fist," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the U.S. must show a "fundamental" change of policy, not just tactics.  That, Ahmadinejad says, would involve a withdrawal of U.S. troops from abroad and an apology for past "crimes" against Tehran.

Ahmadinejad told a rally in western Iran that the country welcomes change, but on the condition that change is fundamental and on the right track. He told the rally that means the end of America's military presence around the world, referring to the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.