Iran, US should overcome mutual mistrust: Analyst

An analyst says Iran and the United States should take advantage of the ongoing talks on Tehran’s nuclear program to overcome their deep-rooted mutual mistrust.

“There is a lot of mistrust that needs to be overcome and part of these negotiations is assessing whether or not our opponents and the Iranian government opponents are negotiating in good faith,” Michael Linn told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

He said that the focus of the nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be to build trust which “does not exist now.”

“Again, we are in the stage now where both sides are staking out their public positions,” said Linn.

He said US President Barack Obama is determined to secure a long-term deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“President Obama has pushed back very, very hard on that. He has flat-out told the Congress that if a bill enacting future sanctions reaches his desk he will veto it. So I think that issue is taken off the table,” he added.

Linn said Iran’s uranium enrichment, which is already enshrined in international law, does not need the approval of the US.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States – plus Germany held the second day of their fresh talks as part of efforts to reach a final agreement on Wednesday in the United Nations office in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

The Vienna talks marked the first round of high-level negotiations held between Tehran and the Sextet of world powers after they clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.

By Press TV


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