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    Iran’s Ayatollah Praises Obama

    FILE - In a Sept. 19, 2008 file photo Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran. Iran's supreme leader has named several new military commanders, including a new head of the feared militia force at the center of the country's postelection crackdown, state media reported Monday Oct. 5, 2009.  (AP photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian/file)

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    Who knew that Iran would be praising the U.S.? Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared on the state-run Press TV Thursday and delivered the customary critiques of America, lashing out at President Obama’s threat to impose more sanctions on Iran if the country’s nuclear program continues. But in a surprise move that might signal a willingness to back off from the aggressive rhetoric, he also praised Obama for his speeches this week saying that he is not thinking of military action at this point, and that “loose talk” of war against Iran is dangerous. Khamenei said Obama’s remarks were “positive”—and then promptly warned him that his talk of sanctions will backfire on the U.S.

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