A senior Iranian official said on Saturday that the change in foreign policy Barack Obama must bring to Washington is not only a willingness to talk directly with Iran, but an acceptance of Iran's right to nuclear technology.
In his first press conference since winning the US presidential election, Obama told reporters on Friday that he viewed Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon as "unacceptable," and said current international efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program must continue.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani responded by reminding Obama of his campaign slogans promising fundamental foreign policy changes, and not just minor tactical alterations.
"Obama must know that the change he talks about is a fundamental change and not changing of colors," Larijani told Iranian state-run radio. "Repeating objections to Iran's nuclear program will be taking a step in the wrong direction."
Larijani reiterated that Iran will not allow the US to prevent it from going nuclear, regardless of who is president.