Iran's deputy head of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Hossein Ebrahimi, said on Saturday that President Barack Obama had sent a message to the country's leaders in Tehran. The message was dispatched via Livia Leu Agosti, the Swiss Ambassador to Tehran, who represents American interests in the Islamic Republic. FARS
reported Agosti quoted Obama as saying:
"We (the US) recognize your nuclear rights."
The message continued: "I didn't want to impose sanctions on your central bank but I had no options but to approve it since a Congress majority had approved the decision."
reported that Obama clarified that he was not able to declare his position publicly in the run up to the American elections.
According to the Obama Report
, the U.S. President has written directly to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling for direct talks, although the White House has denied this. Swiss Ambassador Ebrahini said: "This is not the first time that Obama has sent a message and letter to the Islamic Republic of Iran," adding that Obama "has repeatedly spoken in a soft tone about the Islamic Republic of Iran."
On Sunday, Iran's foreign minister spokesman said that the U.S Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, had both handed over the same message as Agosti.
President Obama signed into law sanctions against Iran's central bank as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.