A senior Iranian military commander has called into question the honesty of the United States in offering direct talks with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program.
Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said on Monday that the US request for talks is in stark contradiction with Washington’s tightening of sanctions against Tehran.
“The Americans have an arrogant culture and seek to maintain in the world their hegemonic and superpower gesture whose pillars have already collapsed,” the general stated.
Firouzabadi also noted that Iran is not facing any military threat from the US.
On February 2, US Vice President Joe Biden said his country was ready to hold direct talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
On Thursday, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said talks with the United States would not take place under pressure and threats.
On Wednesday, the US Treasury Department also announced new sanctions targeting Iranian oil revenues. The sanctions prevent Iran from gaining access to earnings garnered from its crude exports.
The illegal sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
By Press TV
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