Pakistani analyst urges West to change approach towards Iran

Islamabad, Oct 19, IRNA – Senior Pakistani journalist has said that US and western states must change their approach towards Iran to resolve issues.

Speaking to IRNA exclusively, Rahimullah Yusufzai said recent talks between Iran and P5+1 were useful and hoped that Iran’s nuclear issue would be resolved.

He added that Iran under all international laws is entitled to develop peaceful nuclear technology.

Yusufzai added negotiations between Iran and Group 5+1 must continue to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue.

“There should not be any interruption between Iran and 5+1 negotiations,” said the analyst.

The nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 were held in Geneva on October 15-16.

The Geneva negotiations were between Irans deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi and representatives of the P5+1 group made up of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany.

The sextet was led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Yusufzai referred to the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a visionary leader who was not to change Islamic Republic’s nuclear policy.

Noting that western states were leveling baseless allegations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, the analyst stressed that Iran is a peaceful country that has assured the world that it has no plans to develop nuclear weapons.

The analyst said that like any other country of the world, Iran is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

He said that western attitude to single out Iran needed to be changed.

Yusufzai added that US and western states were trying to stop Iran from developing nuclear technology because the Iranian government has not accepted the American hegemony.

The journalist added that there should be no discrimination towards Iran.

Referring to the telephone conversation between US President Barack Obama and President Rouhani of Iran on the sidelines of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, the analyst said that was a major development.

He said the reason behind President Obama’s call was that US is to settle disputes with Iran.

Yusufzai said US policy of imposing sanctions on Iran has failed as the country is progressing in all fields despite sanctions.

By IRNA

 

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