TEHRAN (FNA)- The US must revise its inimical policies and behavior towards Iran if Washington is serious about improving diplomatic ties with Tehran, a senior Iranian lawmaker said.
“The US must respect the interests of the Iranian nation…. Therefore, as a first step, (US President Barack) Obama should replace the hostile sanctions against Iran with the policy of transparency,” Member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Avaz Heidarpour said on Tuesday.
“If the Americans are honest, they will have to lift the sanctions,” the Iranian parliamentarian added.
In March, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei questioned the US honesty in its offer of talks with Iran, and stressed that talks will be meaningless as long as Washington continues its hostile policy towards Iran.
“Through different ways and messages, the Americans try to negotiate with us on the nuclear issue, but I am not optimistic about these talks,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing Iranian people in Northeastern holy city of Mashhad.
“I am not opposed to talks with regard to the nuclear issue, but certain issues must be clarified,” the Leader said.
The Leader pointed to the US claim that they intend to be honest in their talks with Iran, and noted, “We have repeatedly asserted that we do not seek nuclear weapons but you do not believe this honest word; why should we accept your word?”
“Negotiation is an American tactic for deceiving the public opinion and if it is otherwise the Americans should prove it,” the Leader stated.
“With regard to the nuclear issue, Iran only wants the recognition of its rights to enrichment.”
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