Velayati: Americans not frank in talks, not seeking to resolve problems

Tehran, Oct 15, IRNA – The Americans once again proved that they are neither frank nor really eager to solve problems and hold meaningful dialogues, said Supreme Leader’s Advisor in International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati on Tuesday.

“The Americans once again proved they were neither well-intentioned, not as they claim really interested in solving the Iran-US dispute from equal stands, observing mutual respect, and with both sides enjoying equal rights,” said Velayati in an interview with Fararoo website.

The former Iranian foreign minister and candidate at the recent 11th presidential election was referring to the interactions between the Iranian and US top officials during the recent New York visit of President Hassan Rohani.

“The (Iranian) president was both in his (UN General Assembly) address and in his talks with the heads of state properly insisting on the Islamic Republic’s stands,” he said.

Velayati said that the United States as two independent countries and UN members, could have negotiated with each other and sought to resolve the probable existing problems through dialogue, but (the Americans) showed (with their behavior) that that was not the case.

That is because one side stepped forth and said what he wanted to say, and played different types of tricks to enable him to contact the Iranian president.”

The veteran politicians added, “Some optimists had assumed that after those maneuvers the Iran-US problems would be resolved in the course of a logical period of time, but (the US President Barack) Obama very shortly after that sat by the side of the head of the Zionist regime and repeated the harshest words that he had uttered (against Iran) once again.”

On the contents of Obama-Rohani phone talk, the Supreme Leader’s adviser said, “The contents of that phone talks were very regular talks, and included merely the type of interactions that the two sides’ mediators had already transferred to the other side.”

The US President and President Rohanis phone talk was the highest level contact between the two countries since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and a sign that both sides were serious about reaching an agreement on Irans nuclear program.

Ayatollah Khamenei on October 5 expressed support for the diplomatic approach adopted by President Rouhani’s administration, but noted, “Some of the things that happened during the New York trip were not appropriate, because we believe the US government is untrustworthy, arrogant and irrational, and one that reneges on its promises.”

President Obama had said after the phone talk, The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Irans nuclear program.”

I reiterated to President Rohani what I said in New York: While there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward, and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive agreement.

The president noted that his conversation with Rohani, which took place as the Iranian president headed to the airport, underscores the deep mistrust between our countries, but also indicates the prospect of moving on that difficult history.



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