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Obama offers another New Year's message to Iran

By Michael D. Shear
For the second year in a row, President Obama offered a message to the Iranian people on that country's New Year's holiday, known as Nowruz.

In the video message, released at midnight Saturday morning, Obama promised that despite differences with the Iranian government, Americans will "sustain our commitment to a more hopeful future for the Iranian people," according to excerpts released by the White House.

Obama's first Nowruz message last year effectively kicked off his policy of engagement and his outreach to Muslim people, extending what he called an "open hand" to the Islamic people.

But in the year since, that hand has hardly been received kindly by the leadership of Iran. The Iranian government conducted a much-condemned crackdown after disputed elections there, and has refused international demands it curtail its nuclear program.

In his message, Obama made clear that his government will continue to exert pressure on the Iranian government to comply with international laws.

"We are working with the international community to hold the Iranian government accountable because they refuse to live up to their international obligations," he said. "But our offer of comprehensive diplomatic contacts and dialogue stands. Indeed, over the course of the last year, it is the Iranian government that has chosen to isolate itself, and to choose a self-defeating focus on the past over a commitment to build a better future."

Last year's message can be found at

By Michael D. Shear  |  March 20, 2010; 12:01 AM ET
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Iran should send Pres. Obama a video message telling him that "If the US wants a better life for the Iranian people, it should stop threatening sanctions against Iran and making up lies about its peaceful nuclear program. Otherwise, the US can go to hell."

Posted by: marge9 | March 20, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: lipservice1 | March 20, 2010 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Great message of hope to the Iranian people! who are sick and tired of their repressive government.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 20, 2010 4:00 AM | Report abuse

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