No ground for Iran-U.S. relations: spokesman

By Xinhua

TEHRAN, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said there is no ground for restoration of Iran- U.S. relations and no measure has been taken so far in this regard, Tehran Times daily reported Tuesday.

“Due to the fact that the Americans have taken numerous hostile actions against our nation throughout history, the ground has not been prepared for negotiations with them so far,” Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

The restoration of relations may take place, “if they (the Americans) accept their past mistakes, apologize to our people, and make efforts to bring about a situation where the rights of our people would be recognized,” he said, adding that “These are the points that all officials, including the (Iranian) president, (have) emphasized.”

The spokesman said that Iranian officials did not contact or hold a meeting with U.S. officials during their recent visit to New York to attend the 67th Session of the United Nations G� �DH`:5ording to report.

“There had been no contact, meeting, or talks with U.S. government officials, and the framework of our country’s foreign policy is quite clear,” he said.

“In the Islamic Republic of Iran, all the decisions on major issues concerning foreign policy are (made)… under the supervision of the supreme leader,” he emphasized.

The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Iran on April 7, 1980, after a group of Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy and captured some 60 U.S. diplomats in 1979, with 52 of them held captive for 444 days in the hostage crisis.


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