Iran: Obama must seek 'new' Mideast foreign policy

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's Foreign Minister is urging President Barack Obama to change American Middle East policies. But he says Iran will wait before making any specific judgments about Obama's positions on Iran.

Manouchehr Mottaki is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Wednesday that Iran will wait for "practical policies" from the new American president before making any judgment about Obama's stance on Iran.

The minister also said George W. Bush's administration followed a policy of waging wars that created hatred.

Tensions between the United States and Iran are high with U.S. accusations that Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. The two countries have not had diplomatic ties since the 1979 overthrow of U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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