The BBC reports on the reaction in Iran to President Obama's appeal. At first, listening to Obama, I wondered who could have a problem with that. But the response by Ayatollah Khamenei made a lot of sense.
"We have no experience with the new American government and the new American president. We will observe them and we will judge," said Ayatollah Khamenei in a speech carried live by Iranian television.
"If you change your attitude, we will change our attitude."
He said Iran was yet to see such a change.
"We cannot see any change," he said. "What is the change in your policy?
"Did you remove the sanctions? Did you stop supporting the Zionist regime? Tell us what you have changed. Change only in words is not enough."
Still, I feel the overture on the part of President Obama is a good one. Diplomacy and mutual respect are certainly powerful tools, but can they overcome the obstacles mentioned by the Ayatollah? Time will tell.
What's your opinion?