Iran 'prefers' Obama US presidency

Parliament speaker says Democrat "more flexible and rational" than McCain.

    Obama has advocated for direct diplomacy with Iranian leaders [AFP]

    Financial crisis

    Washington severed ties with Iran in 1980 - in the wake of its Islamic revolution - and George Bush, the current US president, famously denounced the country as part of an "axis of evil".

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    Tensions have mounted recently over Iran's nuclear power programme. Many Western countries allege the programme is a cover to develop atomic weapons - a charge Tehran strongly denies.

    Larijani also said the United States is now too busy dealing with a financial crisis to consider attacking Iran over the nuclear programme.

    "The risk was low before," he said. "But now I am 100 per cent certain that the United States will not unleash a war against Iran.

    "The economic crisis has cost the United States $1,400bn and Washington is working to resolve its internal problems and not a war."

    SOURCE: Agencies


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