Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, speaks at a press conference in Baku, May 5 (RFE/RL)
May 10, 2006 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has said a letter sent to him by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad failed to address international concerns about Iran's nuclear activities.
Bush said in an interview with Florida newspapers posted on the website of the "Saint Petersburg Times" that the letter failed to address international demands
that Iran stop work which could be used to make nuclear arms.
In Bush's words, the letter did not answer the question, "When will you get rid of your nuclear program?"
The letter's existence emerged on May 8 in what is believed to be the first presidential contact between the two countries in 27 years.
The letter focused on the failure of democratic governments and criticized Bush's foreign policy.
(AP, dpa, Reuters)
PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT: On May 8, the Iranian government announced that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad had sent a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush. The letter was the first direct communication between leaders of the two countries since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. RFE/RL has posted the English version of Ahmadinejad's letter that was posted on the Iranian president's website.
"The people will scrutinize our presidencies," AHMADINEJAD wrote. "Did we manage to bring peace, security, and prosperity to our people or insecurity and unemployment? Did we intend to establish justice, or just support special-interest groups and -- by forcing many people to live in poverty and hardship -- make a few people rich and powerful, -- thus trading the approval of the people and the Almighty for [that of those few]? Did we bring the world peace and security or did we raise the specter of intimidation and threats?"...(more)
For an archive of RFE/RL's coverage of Iran, click here.
THE COMPLETE PICTURE: RFE/RL's complete coverage of controversy surrounding Iran's nuclear program.
CHRONOLOGY An annotated timeline of Iran's nuclear program.