31 Iranian reformists write protest letter to Obama

TEHRAN (FNA)- 31 Iranian reformists in a letter to US President Barack Obama protested at Washington’s cruel sanctions against Tehran, and said the White House should provide the ground for equal and unconditional talks with Iran before any such meeting can take place.

“We, as a major part of the reformist and moderate parties in Iran and as representatives of Iran’s political and academic elites, voice our strong protest at the continued imposition of new rounds of blind and coarse sanctions against the Iranian people,” the letter sent to Obama on Sunday said.

The reformist parties called on the US president, congressmen, parties and elites to make their utmost efforts to remove the sanctions against Iran and provide the ground for talks between Tehran and Washington without any preconditions and based on an equal footing and mutual respect.

In relevant remarks today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed Tehran’s preparedness to sit to the negotiating table with the western states, including the US, but meantime, said such talks should be held based on mutual respect and without any preconditions.

“We are ready (for talks with the West) provided that no preconditions are there for negotiations and we will negotiate with the West only on an equal footing and based on mutual respect,” Rouhani said addressing the Iranian Armed Forces during the annual military parades in Southern Tehran on Sunday.

“In these negotiations, all the Iranian nation’s rights, including the nuclear rights and the right of enrichment on Iran’s territory, should be accepted within the framework of the international rules and regulations,” he added.

He stressed that if the opposite party acknowledges Tehran’s rights, the Iranian nation will respond to them with cooperation and “in such a case we will be able to settle the regional and international problems”.

Also on Tuesday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that he has long held belief in “heroic flexibility” in domestic and foreign policy, but he also cautioned that the tactic which is very necessary on some occasions should only be practiced after one gathers deep insight about the nature of his/her rivals and their goals.

The Supreme Leader underlined his support for correct and logical moves on the scenes of foreign and domestic policy.

“I agree with the issue that I called some years ago as heroic flexibility since this move is highly good and necessary on certain occasions, but with commitment to one main condition,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing high-ranking commanders and veterans of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran.

He described apprehending the opposite side’s nature and gathering a correct understanding of his goal-setting as the main condition for using the heroic flexibility tactic, and said, “A technical wrestler also shows flexibility for technical reasons sometimes, but he would never forget who his rival is and what his main goal is.”

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the necessity of complete loyalty to Islam and revolution values, saying whoever is more loyal to the main message of the Islamic Revolution and can analyze the enemies’ plots and behavior within the framework of the hegemonic system’s challenge with the Islamic Revolution will be further exposed to the arrogant powers’ fury and wrath.

By Fars News Agency


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