The Islamic Republic has reacted to the re-election of Barack Obama, saying the public perception in the Islamic world and the Middle East is that Obama’s promises have yet to be realized.
Ramin Mehmanparast, the spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said: “The wall of distrust between Iran and the United States can only be brought down by respect for the will and right of the Iranian people and a reconsideration of the worn policies of the U.S. government in the past.”
Mehmanprast added that the message of the American people to Obama can be interpreted as “refrain from extremist policies” and “focus on the domestic issues of the United States such as the people’s livelihood.”
The Foreign Ministry’s statement comes one day after the heads of Iran’s legislature and judiciary slammed Barack Obama’s actions vis a vis Iran and accused the U.S. of “pressure and crimes against Iran” as well as trying to create problems in connection with Iran’s nuclear program.
In his inaugural speech in 2009, Obama invited Iran to resume constructive relations with the United States. However, in the past four years, the U.S. has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran that have severely strained the Iranian economy.