Iran would welcome a “hot line” with US, says Ahmadinejad

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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he would welcome a “hot line” with the United States or any other way to head off conflict in the Persian Gulf.

He told a news conference Friday that there was no reason for any clashes and “any tool that can prevent clashes or potential conflict, we welcome.”

Ahmadinejad said if NATO, British and U.S. forces leave the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, Iran will guarantee the shipping of oil and other energy supplies.

“The long-term solution is for foreign forces to leave the region,” Ahmadinejad said.

There is no formal proposal for such a hot line, but several U.S. military officials have mused publicly about establishing an emergency contact system to prevent misunderstandings between U.S. Navy ships and planes and an increasingly assertive Iranian military.

There have been several close calls over the past year between small, fast Iranian boats that have appeared to charge or harass U.S. vessels, and Iranian planes that zip too close to U.S. ships and planes.

Military officials say some of the Iranian ships are behaving more aggressively than the largely professional Iranian Navy, and U.S. officials suspect that many belong to the unpredictable Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Both nations claim patrol rights in the Persian Gulf.

The hot line, modeled on the old emergency contact line between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, would let a U.S. commander quickly call a senior Iranian military official for clarification of Iranian motives, or to complain.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a university audience last week that he is concerned by the lack of communication between the U.S. and Iranian militaries — a breach that dates to the severing of diplomatic ties three decades ago.

“Even in the darkest days of the Cold War, U.S. officials could still talk with the Soviets,” Mullen said at the University of Miami.

AP

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19 responses to “Iran would welcome a “hot line” with US, says Ahmadinejad”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    One last note:
    Does Ahmadinneehgiihad really think the Ayatolla Supreme Being will open the net and the airways???

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    One last note:
    Does Ahmadinneehgiihad really think the Ayatolla Supreme Being will open the net and the airways???

  3.  Avatar

    One last note:
    Does Ahmadinneehgiihad really think the Ayatolla Supreme Being will open the net and the airways???

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    One last note:
    Does Ahmadinneehgiihad really think the Ayatolla Supreme Being will open the net and the airways???

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Barely Living under the Islamist Brain-Dead …. who, it seems, want their slaves back to farm for the boys with the guns.

    Foreign aid workers are concerned about the fate of thousands of Somalis being taken back to famine-hit villages by Islamist militants.
    The al-Shabab group says it is moving people out of camps in the central town of Baidoa ahead of the rainy season so they can prepare to farm.
    An al-Shabab official said that food rations to last a month would be given to the families.
    The UN has declared a famine in six regions of Somalia.
    These are mostly in southern parts controlled by al-Shabab, which banned many Western aid agencies from its territory two years ago.
    This has prompted tens of thousands of people to seek food aid in the capital, Mogadishu, which is ruled by the weak interim government, or in camps in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.
    But some local charities have been able to distribute food in al-Shabab areas like Baidoa, where six displacement camps hold an estimated 50,000 people.

    “There are about 6,500 families who are ready to move back [to their original area “we are arranging food that they can use for this month,” al-Shabab’s disaster committee spokesman Suldaan Aala Mohamed told the BBC.
    “We are also giving them seeds for the planting season.”
    Several water tankers had left with the first lorries full of people from Baidoa, Mr Mohamed said.
    He said people needed to be on the farms in time for the rains.
    Most understand that they were not given a choice.
    Some Aid Workers, who fear speaking on the record because of the sensitivity of the situation, said they were appalled at the move.
     (It will be January before any food pops out of the ground IF it rains.)
    One said it was like putting people affected by the famine on death row.

    (History)
    Al-Shabab means “The Youth” in Arabic
    Formed as a radical offshoot of the Union of Islamic Courts in 2006
    Affiliated to al-Qaeda
    Controls large swathes of south and central Somalia
    Killed 76 people in double attack in Uganda during 2010 football World Cup
    Estimated to have 7,000 to 9,000 fighters

    Sort of reminds us of Pol Pot and his killing fields.

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    Barely Living under the Islamist Brain-Dead …. who, it seems, want their slaves back to farm for the boys with the guns.

    Foreign aid workers are concerned about the fate of thousands of Somalis being taken back to famine-hit villages by Islamist militants.
    The al-Shabab group says it is moving people out of camps in the central town of Baidoa ahead of the rainy season so they can prepare to farm.
    An al-Shabab official said that food rations to last a month would be given to the families.
    The UN has declared a famine in six regions of Somalia.
    These are mostly in southern parts controlled by al-Shabab, which banned many Western aid agencies from its territory two years ago.
    This has prompted tens of thousands of people to seek food aid in the capital, Mogadishu, which is ruled by the weak interim government, or in camps in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.
    But some local charities have been able to distribute food in al-Shabab areas like Baidoa, where six displacement camps hold an estimated 50,000 people.

    “There are about 6,500 families who are ready to move back [to their original area “we are arranging food that they can use for this month,” al-Shabab’s disaster committee spokesman Suldaan Aala Mohamed told the BBC.
    “We are also giving them seeds for the planting season.”
    Several water tankers had left with the first lorries full of people from Baidoa, Mr Mohamed said.
    He said people needed to be on the farms in time for the rains.
    Most understand that they were not given a choice.
    Some Aid Workers, who fear speaking on the record because of the sensitivity of the situation, said they were appalled at the move.
     (It will be January before any food pops out of the ground IF it rains.)
    One said it was like putting people affected by the famine on death row.

    (History)
    Al-Shabab means “The Youth” in Arabic
    Formed as a radical offshoot of the Union of Islamic Courts in 2006
    Affiliated to al-Qaeda
    Controls large swathes of south and central Somalia
    Killed 76 people in double attack in Uganda during 2010 football World Cup
    Estimated to have 7,000 to 9,000 fighters

  7. Patience2 Avatar

    Doesn’t the man in the above picture have a ‘snakey squint’ in his eyes??

    1. kind of like looking at a sharks face versis a dolphin lol,,althoug i think he went to a spa and got cleaned up for his trip to the un. wasnt near as frumpy as before lol

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Actually, I think he’d really like to shave, get waxed all over, and dance with a fan on the world stage … but the Supreme ONE won’t let him. 🙂

        1. Patience2 Avatar

          You know, that’s a performance I’d probably be late to. Very late.

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    Doesn’t the man in the above picture have a ‘snakey squint’ in his eyes??

    1. kind of like looking at a sharks face versis a dolphin lol,,althoug i think he went to a spa and got cleaned up for his trip to the un. wasnt near as frumpy as before lol

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        Actually, I think he’d really like to shave, get waxed all over, and dance with a fan on the world stage … but the Supreme ONE won’t let him. 🙂

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          You know, that’s a performance I’d probably be late to.

  9. LEBANON101 Avatar

    who does he think he is the soviet union. he wants a hot line with the united states. hahahaha first let your people have a real free election than worry about the us and the rest of the world

  10. LEBANON101 Avatar

    who does he think he is the soviet union. he wants a hot line with the united states. hahahaha first let your people have a real free election than worry about the us and the rest of the world

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    who does he think he is the soviet union. he wants a hot line with the united states. hahahaha first let your people have a real free election than worry about the us and the rest of the world

  12. Patience2 Avatar

    Now I think if one side had a large nuclear arsenal, THAT would guarantee a strange ‘absence’ of clashes caused by ‘uppity’ 3rd. worlders, and if it didn’t, call the Greeks in again to clean house.

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    Now I think if one side had a large nuclear arsenal, THAT would guarantee a strange ‘absence’ of clashes caused by ‘uppity’ 3rd. worlders, and if it didn’t, call the Greeks in again to clean house.

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