US should drop dual-track approach to Iran: Lawmaker

An Iranian parliamentarian says the United States should drop its so-called dual-track policy in dealing with the Islamic Republic.

“Last week, around 131 members of the US Congress wrote a letter to [US President Barack] Obama, calling for increased interaction with Iran, but we are witnessing that the same Congressmen have approved of intensifying sanctions against Iran,” said Mohammad Hassan Asafari, who sits on the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis, on Friday.

The dual approach of the US has no result but the wasting of opportunities, said the Iranian lawmaker, adding that the US should stop adopting such policies vis-à-vis Iran.

Last week, 131 US lawmakers wrote a letter to Obama, asking the White House to opt for diplomatic channels in dealing with Iran following the victory of Hassan Rohani in Iran’s June 14th presidential election.

Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives is reportedly scheduled to vote on a piece of sanctions legislation targeting Iranian oil exports, among other things. The Senate, the upper house of the US Congress, is also said to be scheduled to vote on the bill after the legislative body’s August recess.

“The West, led by the US, should drop dubiousness and dual approaches because it is only the West that will be harmed by such measures,” the Iranian lawmaker said.

In a tacit reference to an earlier separate move by the US Congress to postpone sending its annual sanctions legislation on Iran to the White House, the Iranian legislator stated that the move is very effective in improving interaction between Tehran and Washington; however, the West must first prove its goodwill in order to see the measure bear fruit. Asafari did not elaborate, however, on the issue.

An earlier Washington Post report, which cited Congressional Quarterly, said the Congress has postponed sending its annual sanctions legislation on Iran to the White House reportedly over certain considerations after the election of Hassan Rohani as the Islamic Republic’s next president.

If the legislation, which is aimed at escalating the sanctions against Iran, is even ready this year, it will not be considered until October at the earliest. This is while, in the past, the Congress would send the bill to the White House every summer.

The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly charged that Iran may intend to acquire nuclear-weapons capability in the future.

Tehran has categorically rejected the accusation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Tehran’s nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian objectives.

By Press TV


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