Iran playing hard to get with Obama

“The U.S. must prove that their policies have changed and are now based upon respecting the rights of the Iranian nation and mutual respect,” said Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, the president’s closest adviser.

Ahmadinejad’s media adviser, Mehdi Kalhor, said that “in fair circumstances” Iran would be open to talks. “But that is not when you have a bayonet pressed at your artery,” he added, referring to the U.S. forces deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf.