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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he sees no change in the United States policy towards his country. But, a day after Barack Obama’s unprecedented videotaped overture, the Ayatollah added that if the US did alter its attitude, the Islamic Republic would follow suit.

Speaking in Iran’s northeast, he said the US was “hated in the world” and should stop interfering in other countries’ internal affairs. Marking a break with his predecessor, the new US President yesterday offered a “new beginning” of diplomatic engagement with Washington’s longtime foe. Jane’s Middle East analyst Alex Vatanka said: “If there is any interest in Tehran, than at least initially the American side has to give it a chance. If it does not work, what I think Obama will then have is probably a good deal of consensus in the Western world, in terms of the need to tighten at least the sanctions against Iran because of its refusal to comply with those three UN Security Council resolutions.” At the centre of the dispute with the West, Tehran maintains it will pursue its nuclear efforts. Accused of seeking of build atomic weapons, Iran insists its nuclear programme is for the peaceful generation of electricity. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hamen-a-ee says he sees no change in the United States policy towards his country. But, a day after Barack Obama’s unprecedented videotaped overture, the Ayatollah added that if the US did alter its attitude, the Islamic Republic would follow suit. Speaking in Iran’s northeast, he said the US was “hated in the world” and should stop interfering in other countries’ internal affairs. Marking a break with his predecessor, the new US President yesterday offered a “new beginning” of diplomatic engagement with Washington’s longtime foe. sot 39-1.02 “If there is any interest in Tehran, than at least initially the American side has to give it a chance. If it does not work, what I think Obama will then have is probably a good deal of consensus in the western world, in terms of the need to tighten at least the sanctions against Iran because of its refusal to comply with those three UN Security Council resolutions.” At the centre of the dispute with the West, Tehran maintains it will pursue its nuclear efforts. Accused of seeking of build atomic weapons, Iran insists its nuclear programme is for the peaceful generation of electricity.