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Posted on 05/08/2006 11:01:54 AM PDT by Nachum
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's leader has written to President Bush proposing "new solutions" to their differences in the first letter from an Iranian head of state to an American president in 27 years, a government spokesman said Monday.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki delivered the letter to the Swiss ambassador on Monday, ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told The Associated Press. The Swiss Embassy in Tehran houses a U.S. interests section.
In the letter, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposes "new solutions for getting out of international problems and the current fragile situation of the world," spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham told a news conference.
Elham declined to reveal more, stressing "it is not an open letter." Asked whether the letter could lead to direct U.S.-Iranian negotiations, he replied: "For the time being, it's just a letter."
Elham did not mention the nuclear dispute - the main obstacle between Washington and Tehran. The United States is leading Western efforts to pass a U.N. Security Council motion censuring Iran for refusing to cease enrichment of uranium.
In Turkey, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said the letter "could lead to a new diplomatic opening," but also warned that it did not reflect a softening in Tehran's position.
Ali Larijani also refused to give details of the letter's content, adding: "Perhaps, it could lead to a new diplomatic opening, it needs to be given some time."
The letter is the first time that an Iranian president has written to his U.S. counterpart since 1979, when the two countries broke off relations after Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy and held the occupants hostage for more than a year.
In Washington, Bush's National Security Adviser, Stephen Hadley, said Monday that he was not aware of any such letter, and he reiterated the administration's position on Iran's nuclear program.
"The international community has been very clear to Iran what it needs to do," Hadley said on NBC's "Today" show. "It needs to return to the suspension of its nuclear activities in order to open the door for a diplomatic resolution."
Before the announcement by Iran, Bush said he was paying close attention to threats made against Israel by Ahmadinejad, who recently questioned Israel's right to exist and said the country should be wiped off the map.
"I think that it's very important for us to take his words very seriously," he told the German newspaper Bild on Friday, according to a transcript released Sunday. "When people speak, it is important that we listen carefully to what they say and take them seriously."
Earlier Monday, Larijani said Tehran would like to see a peaceful solution to growing tensions with the United States. He was in Turkey as part of efforts to rally support for Iran's nuclear program ahead of possible Security Council action.
Ahmadinejad arrives in Indonesia on Tuesday for a six-day trip to do the same.
Last week, Larijani went to the United Arab Emirates to reassure its government about Iran's nuclear program, and last month former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani made a similar visit to Kuwait.
The United States is backing efforts by Britain and France to win Security Council approval for a U.N. resolution that would threaten possible further measures if Iran does not suspend uranium enrichment - a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors to generate electricity or material for nuclear warheads.
The Western nations want to invoke Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter that would allow economic sanctions or military action, if necessary, to force Iran to comply with the Security Council's demand that it cease enrichment.
But Russia and China, the other two veto-holding members of the Security Council members, oppose such moves.
Iran claims its nuclear program is strictly for generating electricity and that it requires enrichment to be self-reliant in fuel for nuclear reactors. But the United States and its allies believe that Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons.
On Sunday, Ahmadinejad renewed Iran's threat to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty if the Security Council imposes sanctions on Tehran.
Ahmadinejad told the official Islamic Republic News Agency that Washington and its allies "don't give us anything and yet they want to impose sanctions on us." He called the threat of sanctions "meaningless."
Elham said Monday that Iranians had endured sanctions before. "We're not concerned" about the prospect of U.N. sanctions, he added.
U.S.A. What a country!!!
So, everything that's not been disclosed about the document is crystal clear: it's full of threats.
Either that, or it's a kind of ransom note, wanna bet?
To His Excellency, President George W. Bush
In The Name of Allah the Merciful, the Compassionate
For the sake of solving the problems of this fragile and transitory world, I invite you and your entire infidel country to either
A) Convert to Islam forthwith and make absolute submission to God (I recommend this one),
B) Pay the infidel tax and become dhimma, or
His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmanutjob, President, Islamic Republic of Iran
Rush said it as I was thinking it:
Just another play to the US media, Democrats and other anti-American groups. This "letter" will be used to bash Bush about the head and shoulders, as a warmonger unwilling to open a dialogue with the rat-faced Iranian president.
One thing the pre-Medieval barbarians understand about the modern world is how to properly play the media to their advantage. Not too hard as they are traitorous cretins, pre-disposed to side with ANYTHING that is counter to the best interests of the US.
Nice touch, Argus, particularly the man's name as he signed it at the end...so much easier to pronounce, too!
In the grand tradition of Sodamm Insane and Kim Jong Mentally Il.
Iranian President Writes Letter to Bush
Iran's leader has written a letter to President Bush as a bid to settle their differences. This is the first letter from an Iranian head of state to an American president in 27 years. In the letter, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposes "new solutions for getting out of international problems and the current fragile situation of the world."
In the letter Ahmadinejad says that his country is willing to forgive America for offenses he says merit "annihilation" if America is willing to make amends by meeting Iran "half-way."
Ahmadinejad writes that Iran will refrain from attacking Israel if the U.S. agrees to relocate the Jews outside of Palestine. "I have heard that there is a place in America some call 'Hymietown,'" said Ahmadinejad. "It seems that the Israeli Jews could be taken there for the time being. By meeting us half-way with this compromise America can postpone the annihilation Islam decrees is its due."
A Washington Post editorial called Ahmadinejad's letter "remarkably conciliatory" and urged the Bush Administration to grasp this opportunity to ensure peace for our time.
In a speech delivered in Tehran after news of the letter became public, Ahmadinejad reassured his base by affirming that the Jews are a "pestilence" that will ultimately be "exterminated." "We ask our Muslim brothers to be patient," said Ahmadinejad. "Each day we grow stronger as the infidels grow weaker. Time is on our side. Ultimately, the Jewish pestilence will be exterminated."
In related news, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, confirmed that the ban on women attending soccer matches will be retained. "We must safeguard the virtuous women of Islam against the errotic temptations inspired by watching shapely, sweaty men in short pants kicking their balls around the field," said Khamenei.