Irans Khamenei hails Obama for avoiding war


Tehran: Iran's
supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei welcomed comments by US President
Barack Obama damping down talk of war against Tehran over its
controversial nuclear drive.

"This talk is good talk and shows
an exit from illusion," Khamenei's website quoted the leader as telling
clerics from the Assembly of Experts, the 86-member body which selects the
supreme leader, supervises his activities and can dismiss him.

on Tuesday said that Iran's nuclear programme was not an immediate threat,
arguing a "window" for diplomacy could forestall an Iranian bomb, while
slamming Republican candidates for their hawkish statements demanding
military action against the Islamic republic.

 "But the US
president continued saying that he wants to make the Iranian people kneel
through sanctions, this part of this speech shows the continuation of
illusion in this issue," Khamenei added.

Obama stole some of the
political limelight from Republican presidential hopefuls by holding his
first White House news conference in five months as voters went to the
polls in nationwide Super Tuesday nominating contests.

slammed Republicans for "big talk" and "bluster" and failing to consider
the costs of war with Iran.

His remarks came a day after Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he could not wait "much longer" for
diplomacy on Iran to work.

The West and Tehran's regional
arch-rival Israel suspect that Tehran is making atomic weapons under the
guise of what it insists to be a civilian nuclear programme.

has been slapped with four sets of UN Security Council sanctions, apart
from several other sanctions by US and the EU on its oil and financial
sectors for refusing to halt the uranium enrichment drive, the most
controversial aspects of the nuclear programme.

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