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TEHERAN - A representative of Iran's supreme leader Ayatolla Ali Khamenei has said Barack Obama becoming US president did not mean Teheran's ties with Washington would change, Fars News Agency reported yesterday.
Khamenei, who has ultimate authority over policy in Iran, has yet to comment on Obama's presidency or his offer to extend a hand of peace if Iran "unclenched its fist".
Comments by his representatives can give an indication of views prevalent within Iran's leadership.
"Any government has 'red lines' and our 'red lines' are rejecting the arrogant policies of America and the Zionist [Israel] regime," said Revolutionary Guards representative in Zanjan province, cleric Hojjatoleslam Ali Maboudi.
"Opposing the Zionist regime and defending the oppressed are among the pillars of the Islamic revolution. Iran and America's relationship will not change because of Obama taking office," Maboudi said.
Iran does not recognise Israel's right to exist and officials often refer to the country as the "Zionist regime".
Iran has set tough conditions for opening dialogue with Washington after 30 years of hostility. But analysts say such terms could be more of a gambit to buy time for the leadership to determine how to proceed.
The US has long accused Iran of undermining peace in the Middle East by backing what Washington calls "terrorist" groups such as Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah.
Khamenei may have the final say in policy, but analysts say he tends to reach decisions by seeking a consensus among influential people and powerful state bodies.
The president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is only one among those voices. He has said the US must withdraw troops from bases around the world and apologise for decades of US "crimes" against Iran.
Obama's administration has offered direct talks but warned of more pressure if Iran does not halt work the West says is to build nuclear bombs. Tehran denies any such ambitions. - Reuters