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Ahmadinejad: 'US Should Change Its Behavior'

10 August 2006

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he believes all issues dividing his country and the United States can be resolved if the Bush administration changes "its behavior."

Mr. Ahmadinejad made the comment during an interview in Tehran with an American television correspondent Mike Wallace of the CBS television network.

The full interview will not be broadcast until Sunday, but excerpts released in advance list a number of Mr. Ahmadinejad's complaints about the United States. He contends the Bush administration has adopted a condescending attitude toward Iran, and told his American visitor: "See how they talk down to my nation."

The Iranian president also expressed disappointment that he never received a response to a letter he sent to Mr. Bush three months ago. Tehran described the lengthy message as an important diplomatic initiative.

In Mr. Ahmadinejad's words, President Bush appears to believe that his "power emanates from his arsenals of nuclear warheads."

The hard-line Iranian leader says the time of the bomb is in the past, and now is the "era of thoughts, dialogue and cultural exchanges."

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