Ahmadinejad according to Radio Free Europe:
“Their representative in the meeting spoke politely and in a dignified way and he kept respect for the Iranian nation and this was a positive step.”
Addressing Washington, he added, “You have taken a positive step toward recognizing the right of the Iranian nation, toward justice, toward repairing [America’s] image in the world, toward attracting the attention of the Iranian nation.”
These comments are perhaps given greater context by Babak Yektafar’s analysis:
Yeah. Well, I know that that is still being discussed to a great extent within the Iranian leadership and community, and they still haven’t completely come out with a final answer. And I think that also plays a great deal into this delaying tactic that Iran plays and has played very well, and it has frustrated the United States. I don’t think they have resolved that issue. Just to take note, about two weeks ago, one of the senior advisors to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomenei gives three interviews to western media, where he basically criticizes the confrontational approach of President Ahmadinejad vis-à-vis Iran’s nuclear program, saying that essentially this is not beneficial to Iran and the future of the Islamic Republic. Well, of course, as soon as he says that, there’s all this talk and whispers that this is what Ayatollah Khomenei is saying, and it really contradicts what President Ahmadinejad wants to do in regards to the nuclear program. Well, it won’t be long, of course, President Ahmadinejad goes to supreme leader saying that “This is undermining my authority” and he keeps insisting on that. And last week, Ayatollah Khomenei in a major speech basically said that the nuclear program is being led by the National Security Council under the leadership of the president. He is the one who has the final word. But I think in exchanged what he got promised from Mr. Ahmadinejad was to lessen the rhetoric, particularly in regards to Israel and the United States, and maybe see some advances in that regard.
Irancove @ July 23, 2008