Iran’s president noted a positive shift in U.S. behavior toward Iran.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday in an interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams, â€œToday we see new behavior shown by the United States and by the people of the United States.”
The interview, held at the presidential compound in Iran, followed a July 19 meeting in which the No. 3 ranking official in the U.S. State Department, William Burns, participated in multilateral talks with Iranian diplomats about ending Iran’s enrichment of uranium. Iran is suspected of seeking to use the uranium for an illicit nuclear weapons program.
NBC showed only clips of the interview.
On Monday, Ahmadinejad said, â€œWe are not working to manufacture a bomb,â€ according to Williams.
After the interview, Williams reported, â€œIt was clear to all of us watching and listening he brought with him a new approach.” The approach, he said, is that “If the American approach changes, Iranians will have a positive response.”
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