Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that he expects a “different approach” from whoever wins the U.S. presidential election in November, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday.
"The United States will have a reduced sphere of influence in the world," Ahmadinejad, in Rome for a U.N. food summit, told Italian newspaper La Repubblica. "The new president will have to respond to the real demands of the American people: 40 million American citizens do not have health insurance, the victims of the New Orleans hurricane still have no homes."
The hard-line leader also said that the U.S. will have to withdraw its troops from Iraq “since the American people will not tolerate continued spending of billions of dollars in weapons.”
When asked if he would be open to talks with new U.S. leadership, Ahmadinejad said Iran is “ready for dialogue with anyone, except with the Zionist regime, in relations based on mutual respect and fairness.”