Obama urges Iran to seize opportunity of nuclear talks
Published on Mar 20, 2014 9:47 PM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the "entire" government in Teheran to seize on nuclear talks with world powers to end Iran's economic isolation.
Obama made what appeared to be a direct effort to build political pressure among Iranians in favour of the nuclear diplomacy led by the government of President Hassan Rouhani in an annual video message marking Nowruz, new year celebrations.
Obama noted in his message that Iranians had elected the comparatively moderate Rouhani last year to strengthen the economy, improve their lives and engage constructively with the world.
Blaming Iran's recent economic hardship on "the choices of Iranian leaders," he said "you deserve better," as he made a highly political case to the Iranian people on the importance of reaching a final nuclear deal, which could loosen the damaging grip of economic sanctions on Iran's economy.
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