Iranian President Welcomes ‘Honest’ Talks With US

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his government welcomes talks with the United States should the new American president prove to be “honest” in extending a hand toward Iran.

However, Ahmadinejad warns that Iran will give Barack Obama what he described as a negative response should Iran be convinced Obama is not honest in his policy of engagement.

Addressing thousands of people in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, Ahmadinejad said Iran is waiting to see changes in U.S. foreign policy.

He said Obama will meet the fate of former President George W. Bush if he fails to bring real changes in U.S. policies.

Obama has said that he is willing to engage Iran.