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Iran official says Obama's letter holds nothing new

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

1390/10/27
01-17-2012
08:49:53
News Code :9010-07795

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Senior Advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the letter from US President Barack Obama contained no new information.

"The letter held nothing new," said the International Advisor Ali-Akbar Velayation Monday.

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast confirmed the country has received a US message regarding the security of the Strait of Hormuz, but refused to give further details on the content of the message.

According to Mehmanparast, the message was not transferred through Turley, but it was delivered to Iran in three channels.

The U.S. message on the security of the Strait of Hormuz was forwarded to Iranian UN envoy Mohammad Khazaei by Washington ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and then it was transferred to Iranian Foreign Ministry by the Swiss ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti. The message was also given to Iran by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Mehmanparast had added the country was studying the letter and would respond to it "if necessary" and that Iran would do its best for security of the strategic area.

Velayati said it was up to Iranian government officials whether to reply to the letter or not.

Velayati also played down Western oil sanction threats, saying the demand for Iranian oil would still be more than the country could produce.



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