U.S. President Barack Obama says he is prepared to work with Iran
"without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect" to resolve
issues between the two countries.
But in his speech to the
Muslim world from Cairo, Mr. Obama reiterated the U.S. position that
Iran must not be allowed to pursue nuclear weapons.
United States and its Western allies fear Iran's uranium enrichment
activities are being used to create nuclear weapons. Tehran insists
that its nuclear program is for the peaceful purpose of civilian energy.
Obama said the opposition to Tehran developing a nuclear weapon is
aimed at preventing a nuclear arms race in the region.
said no single nation should decide which countries have nuclear
weapons. But he "strongly reaffirmed America's commitment to seek a
world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons."
Mr. Obama acknowledged what he called a "tumultuous history" between the United States and Iran.
said that during the Cold War, Washington played a role in the
overthrow of Iran's democratically elected government . Analysts
believe this is the first time a U.S. president has publicly
acknowledged a U.S. role in the 1953 coup that toppled Iranian Prime
Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq.
Ready to move forward
Obama also said that since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a
role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and
He said that the United States is ready to move forward and asked what type of future Iran wants to build.
an April interview on U.S. television, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said his government is working on a package of proposals
for U.S. talks and plans on releasing it soon.