US must show goodwill toward Iran: Expert

A political analyst says the US needs to demonstrate its goodwill toward Iran, urging Washington to give up its carrot-and-stick policy with regard to the Islamic Republic.

“Those forces [in the US] that are trying to disregard or detract relations between Iran and US should stop doing that and listen to what these [Iranian] leaders are saying,” said Nader Baqerzadeh, a professor at the University of California, in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

“I think there has been some goodwill so far but the talk of additional sanctions definitely will derail this process and it will weaken Mr. Rouhani back at home,” he cautioned.

On July 31, the US House approved a bill to impose tougher sanctions on Iran’s oil exports and other economic sectors, claiming the move was aimed at pressuring Tehran to abandon its nuclear energy program.

The bill, which needs to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become law, blacklists any business in Iran’s automotive, mining and construction sectors and commits the United States to the goal of ending all Iranian oil sales worldwide by 2015.

The analyst’s remarks come days ahead of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opened on Tuesday and will be attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“There is a very good opportunity next week in the United Nations to go forward beyond this group of talks, basically reciprocity from the US side in showing goodwill,” Baqerzadeh noted.

By Press TV


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