Ahmadinejad wants Obama TV debate

Iranian president calls for public one-on-one talks with US president.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 2, 2010 14:45
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ahmadinejad 311. (photo credit: Amir Kholousi\AP)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for public, one-on-one talks with US President Obama, Reuters reported Monday.

"Toward the end of summer we will hopefully be there for the [UN] General Assembly and I will be ready for one-on-one talks with Mr Obama, in front of the media of course," Ahmadinejad told a conference of Iranian expatriates in Teheran.

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"We will offer our solutions for world issues to see whose solutions are better."

Ahmadinejad made a similar challenge last September, but was declined. He said he made the offer to former US president George W. Bush as well, who didn't accept because he was "scared."

The president mocked the sanctions imposed on his country and the potential for a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, an option that the United States and Israel say they do not rule out.

"Who do you think is going to attack us? The Israeli regime? ... We don't consider the regime in our equations, let alone attacking us," he said during his speech.

"They say we'll issue sanctions? Okay, do it. How many resolutions have you issued so far? Four? Make it 4,000," he said to loud applause from the conference.


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