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Iran-US relations can change: Ahmadinejad

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 on Tuesday said Washington's relations with Tehran and the region can change if there is an effective policy shift by the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .

In an interview with state-run television, Ahmadinejad once again called upon Washington's new administration of President Barack Obama to implement changes that could make a "real" difference in the region.

"If they accept the rights of the Palestinians, the Afghans... if there is a real change, relations can change," Ahmadinejad said.

"We are waiting to see the change. A lot of people are awaiting the change and if they (the United States) do change the relationship will change itself."

The Iranian president said on February 10 that Tehran is prepared to talk with Washington on the basis of mutual respect and equality.

Formal ties between the two countries have been severed sev·er  
v. sev·ered, sev·er·ing, sev·ers
1. To set or keep apart; divide or separate.

2. To cut off (a part) from a whole.

 for 30 years and the rift has been further aggravated ag·gra·vate  
tr.v. ag·gra·vat·ed, ag·gra·vat·ing, ag·gra·vates
1. To make worse or more troublesome.

2. To rouse to exasperation or anger; provoke. See Synonyms at annoy.
 since Tehran controversially revived its nuclear programme.

The West suspects Tehran is seeking to make atomic weapons under the guise Guise (gēz, gwēz), influential ducal family of France. The First Duke of Guise

The family was founded as a cadet branch of the ruling house of Lorraine by Claude de Lorraine, 1st duc de Guise, 1496–1550, who received
 of a civilian nuclear plan, a charge Iran denies.

But Washington and Tehran have been showing tentative policy shifts after Obama earlier this month said his administration would be ready in coming months to hold a "face-to-face" talk with Tehran.
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