ahmadinejad.jpgIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticised his American counterpart again, saying Barack Obama’s stance on Iran’s post-election protests has jeopardised his change-seeking posture.

 

 Addressing a group of judiciary officials yesterday, President Ahmadinejad questioned President Obama’s objective in making what he described as ‘interfering remarks’ about the current political situation in Iran.

 

President Ahmadinejad’s criticism came after Obama snubbed a demand for apology by the Iranian president over Washington’s meddling in Iran’s internal affairs.

 

Obama, with a slogan of change, had pledged to extend a hand of peace to Iran if it unclenched its fist.
        
President Ahmadinejad downplayed Obama’s slogan of change, saying his actions are at odds with his statements and went on to ask the White House to change its tone and approach.

 

iran riots2.jpgMeanwhile, Iran has arrested eight members of staff at the British embassy in Tehran on accusations of having a role in post-election riots.

 

Tehran has repeatedly accused Britain of stoking unrest, expelled the BBC correspondent in Tehran and arrested a British-Greek journalist, as well as a number of other British passport-holders it says were involved in rioting.

 

Last week, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran may downgrade ties with Britain, after the two governments expelled respective diplomats.