Speaker Denies Iran’s Softer Tone on Israel

A05285334.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani rejected the notion that Tehran has softened its stance toward the Israeli regime.

During a news conference in the Bahraini capital of Manama on Wednesday, Larijani stressed that Iran has a transparent and unchanging approach to Israel.

He made the remarks in response to the question if President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had hinted at a change in Iran’s stance towards Israel.

“Such opinion is not based on a correct interpretation of the President’s remarks,” the Islamic republic news agency quoted Larijani as saying.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for a free referendum to be held in Palestine and Tehran’s stance on Israel is transparent,” he reiterated.

Earlier the New York Daily News had claimed that Ahmadinejad had told the newspaper that Iran had some preconditions for recognizing Israel.

The newspaper alleged that based on the Iranian President’s remarks if the Palestinian leaders accepted a two-state solution for the Middle East conflict, Iran might consider friendly coexistence with Israel.

Following the release of the report by the newspaper, the President’s office announced that Ahmadinejad has had no interview with the Daily News and all the comments attributed to the Iranian President by the daily were fake.

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