Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that during his US visit, the American media conducted a coordinated campaign to damage Iran’s image.
“During my interviews in the United States the media tended to ask repetitive and cliché questions. It was obvious that they all followed a certain line,” Ahmadinejad told reporters in Tehran.
Ahmadinejad, who returned from New York late Saturday, said the stance which the West adopted towards Iran’s newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant will soon lead them to regret it.
“This issue was turned around in a way that we (now) believe they regret bringing it up,” he said, adding that “They may pursue this issue through the media but it has turned into a firm blow to the (western) arrogance.”
He also touched upon the first speech by the US president Barack Obama at the United Nations. The speech, Ahmadinejad said, could be seen as the beginning of a fundamental change in the American policy.
During his speech at the General assembly, Obama said that Washington is ready to address challenges ranging from nuclear proliferation to global economic prosperity. Yet, he added, the world cannot expect America to figure out international challenges alone.
“Make no mistake: This cannot be solely America’s endeavor,” Obama told the chamber. “Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone.”
“By his change of rhetoric, Obama has signaled a strong commitment in the presence of the General Assembly,” added President Ahmadinejad, “If the American government is seriously pursuing the path of change, Obama’s speech can be considered a start.”