Lawmaker: US should leave sanctions discourse for serious talks with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US should change its behavior and leave the language of force and sanctions to enter serious talks with Iran, a senior Iranian legislator said on Monday.

“The White House cannot build the Iranian nation’s trust as long as it doesn’t change its literature,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abbas Ali Mansouri Arani stressed on Monday.

“Washington should use the positive atmosphere created for interactions with Tehran,” he said, and warned that “The US will fail in building Iranians’ confidence as long as it uses the discourse of sanctions and pressures.”

The US House of Representatives recently passed a bill to tighten sanctions on Iran oil sales.

In response, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi last Sunday blasted the US for tightening its sanctions against Iran, stressing that such boycotts undermine efforts to settle Tehran’s nuclear standoff with the West.

“The policy of imposing sanctions is a failed policy and under the present circumstances, it will only make resolving existing problems particularly in the nuclear issue, more difficult and complicated,” Araqchi said.

He described the move by American senators as a clear indication of the prevalence of the unilateralism theory as a symbol of neo-conservatism in the US.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

By Fars News Agency


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