Top story: Three months after Iran's post-election unrest, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not appear to have moderated his tone on domestic or international policy, but his relations with the country's clerical establishment appear more strained.
In a press conference on Monday, the president continued to lambast Iran's opposition, calling them "pollutants." On the same day, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Ahmedinejad to be open to "benevolent criticism." The Society of Militant Clergy, a leading clerical group, agreed saying that the President should "seriously try to solve people's problems and the country's economic and social issues and avoid talking about unnecessary and provocative issues."
In the same press conference, Ahmadinejad ruled out any concessions on Iran's "undeniable right" to a nuclear program, but said he is open to discussions on other issues with U.S. President Barack Obama. As the International Atomic Energy Agency meets in Vienna, Director-General Mohammed el-Baradei says the group has reached a stalemate with Iran over its nuclear program.
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