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Obama Makes Overtures To Iran In Video Message

President Obama, hoping for a "new beginning" in relations with Iran, has made a direct videotaped appeal to the country's people and leaders to put years of enmity behind.

The president's appeal, subtitled in Farsi, is timed to coincide with the Iranian New Year.

"We have serious differences that have grown over time," Obama said in the video. "My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community."


"This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect," he said.

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