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18:12 | 2009-10-12

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MP Questions Obama's Qualities for Receiving Noble Peace Prize

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator questioned the grant of the Noble Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama, saying if the US President has won the prize for his change motto, 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 Noble Peace laureate.

"If the Noble Peace Prize is given for the mottoes, Obama deserves the award because his chanted mottoes center on change but should the prize be given for a change in behavior and practice, there has been observed no special change in Obama's measures," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Gholamreza Karami told FNA on Monday.

He referred to Obama's campaign mottoes, and said the US president spoke of closing Guantanamo prison and a full withdrawal of his country's forces from Iraq, but neither one has yet been put into action.

The Gitmo prison has not yet been closed and although the US forces in Iraq have been reduced, the country has increased its military buildup in Afghanistan.

Iran said on Saturday that the decision to grant the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama has been adopted hastily, although it welcomes the move if it can render help to the world peace and harmony.

"This decision was made in haste and the prize was awarded prematurely. However, we will support and welcome the move if it helps promote peace and harmony in war-wary countries," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stressed.

Obama won the award because of his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and promote nuclear disarmament, the Prize's committee said in a statement.

Mottaki also reiterated that the proper time for awarding Obama is when he helps to the materialization of the Palestinians' rights and when the occupying forces leave Iraq and Afghanistan.

The decision to grant one of the world's top accolades to a president after less than nine months in office has raised much criticism in the world.