Iranian Leader Questions Obama’s Nobel Merit

Casting aspersions over the decision to confer the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize on US President Barack Obama, an Iranian lawmaker on Monday said that the leader was yet to bring in any practical changes to his country’s foreign policy to merit the award.

Gholamreza Karami said that if the US President has won the prize for his change slogan, then it should be noted that he has, thus far, shown no specific practical change in his country’s foreign policy to deserve becoming a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, reported Fars news agency.

Before being elected as the US president, Obama spoke of closing Guantanamo prison and a full withdrawal of his country’s forces from Iraq, but neither one has yet been implemented, Karami was quoted as saying.

On Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Obama for his efforts to improve international diplomacy and boost cooperation between people, citing his push for nuclear disarmament and his attempts to resolve the deadlock world issues, especially the Middle East peace process.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has termed the decision “hasty” and “premature” but expressed hope that the move will help “promote peace and harmony in war-ridden countries.”

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