Allegations of arrogance from the man who, on more than one occasion, has ever so humbly called for Israel’s destruction. “Iran’s president calls Britain arrogant,” by Nasser Karimi for Associated Press:
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s hardline president said Saturday that Britain and its allies were “arrogant and selfish” for not apologizing over what he called the incursion of 15 captured British sailors and marines into Iranian waters.
President Bush described the 15 Britons as “hostages” in his first comments on the capture and said their seizure was “inexcusable,” calling for their release.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s most extensive comments on the crisis closely followed tough talk from other Iranian officials, an indication that Tehran’s position could be hardening.
Britain, meanwhile, appeared to be easing its stance, emphasizing its desire to talk with Iran about what it termed a regrettable situation.
“We continue to express our willingness to engage in dialogue and discussions with Iran,” Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said at a European Union summit in Bremen, Germany. I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen … What we want is a way out of it.”
Iran appeared unreceptive.
“Instead of apologizing over trespassing by British forces, the world arrogant powers issue statements and deliver speeches,” the country’s official news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.