Iran's parliament speaker has criticized U.S. President-elect Barack Obama for saying Tehran's pursuit of nuclear weapons is unacceptable.

Iranian state media (IRNA) quotes Ali Larijani as saying Mr. Obama's remark signifies pursuit of what Larijani called the same "erroneous U.S. policy of the past."

Larijani said the United States should send appropriate signals to Middle Eastern countries if it wants to change the situation in the region.

Mr. Obama referred to Iran's atomic program on Friday in his first news conference since winning the U.S. presidential election.  He also said Iran's support for terrorist groups must cease.

He also said he will review a letter of congratulation sent to him by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and respond appropriately.

The United States and its Western allies accuse Iran of working to produce a nuclear weapon.  Iran says its atomic program is intended solely to generate electricity.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.