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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls US president’s remarks about need to dampen drumbeat of war ‘good words and an exit from delusion’
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 8 March 2012 13.15 GMT
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has described comments by the US president, Barack Obama, about the need to dampen the drumbeat of war as a diplomatic “window of opportunity”, the Iranian state news agency IRNA has reported.
“We heard two days ago that the US president said that [they] are not thinking about war with Iran. These words are good words and an exit from delusion,” Khamenei was quoted as saying.
However, the supreme leader said Obama had also spoken about “bringing the Iranian people to their knees through sanctions”, adding: “This part of his comments shows that the illusion continues.”
The US and its European allies have expanded economic sanctions against Iran in an attempt to get it to rein in its disputed nuclear programme.