Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday shrugged off criticism from French President Nicolas Sarkozy and said his comments lacked “political credibility.”
Sarkozy, whose government has taken a tough stance against Tehran over its nuclear drive, said on Wednesday he could not sit at the same table as Ahmadinejad, who has questioned Israel’s right to exist.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers the closing speech of an European summit on innovation in Paris December 9. Iran has summoned the French envoy to Tehran to protest at comments by Sarkozy about refusing to meet his counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state television reported on Thursday(AFP/Pool/File/Eric Feferberg)
“We do not care much, we have to see in practice. We do not consider this remark to have any political credibility,” Ahmadinejad told reporters.
Iran said on Thursday that its foreign ministry had summoned the French ambassador to Tehran, Bernard Poletti, to express the Islamic republic’s “strong objections to the recent interfering comments by the French president.”
France has condemned Iran’s threats against Israel and maintained its position after Tehran summoned the ambassador
“The declarations of the Iranian authorities questioning this right are unacceptable and can only have a negative effect on the perception of Iran by the international community,” a French foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems to be speaking directly to Israel and its allies.
“The crimes being committed by the Zionist regime [Israel] are happening because it is aware that it has reached the end of the line and will soon fade away from the earth,” Mehr news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during an anti-Israeli rally in Tehran.
A senior Iranian cleric described President-elect Barack Obama on Friday as a novice who was adopting old U.S. tactics of “deception and fraud,” underscoring Iran’s skepticism about prospects for change in U.S. policy.
President-elect Obama has a lot of good instinct, intelligence and information. His advisors like Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and nominated Bational Security Advisor James Jones are first rate.
U.S. Senator Kit Bond of the Senate Intelligence Committee said of U.S. policy toward Iran, “Offering them carrots does nothing, talking about it is not effective. We need sanctions and full pressure.”
Senator Bond may be right: the time for carrots to Iran is over…