Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes that President Obama’s ‘red line’ about Iranian nuclear weapons is written in vanishing ink.
Ahmadinejad suggested that Obama will give him more flexibility on the nuclear program after the American presidential election.
“Do you believe that he [Obama] will repeat such a policy?” Ahmadinejad said during a Washington Post interview this weekend. That was his reply when asked if Obama will reiterate his oft-stated position that “the U.S. is prepared to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon—that’s Obama’s ‘red line,’” as David Ignatius put it.
“I think we should just leave that,” Ahmadinejad said. “If he does repeat it, then our answer will be amply clear. But do you really believe the people of the United States support conflict? Will the people of the U.S. accept meddling and intervention in the affairs of others? I don’t believe so. I don’t believe so.”
Ahmadinejad than added that “some conversations and key issues must be talked about again once we come out of the other end of the political election atmosphere in the United States.”
Here’s how Ignatius followed up, with Ahmadenijad’s response.
Ignatius: So you wouldn’t expect significant progress until our election is over?
Ahmadinejad: “About the nuclear issue, you mean?”
Ignatius: Yes, dialogue between our two countries, significant progress in any of these negotiations.
Ahmadinejad: “I firmly believe that the best type of government is the government that firmly pursues the wishes of her people. We have always been ready and we are ready. But experience has shown that important and key decisions are not made in the U.S. leading up to national elections.