Deputy FM: Speaking of change in relations with US still soon

Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe-America Majid Takhteravanchi Saturday said, since the very beginning, President Rouhani put constructive interaction with the world as one of the main lines of foreign policy of his government.

Speaking in an interview with KhabarOnline, the Iranian diplomat said in the course of nuclear talks, this was considered as one of the priorities of the government and constructive interaction was placed on the agenda as one of the frameworks for solving the issue.

“The constructive interaction means that we are ready to talk and interact with all countries within a specific framework, a framework which maintains both our benefit and that of the other side.”

Of course, he added, “there is an exception which is the Zionist regime which is a separate category as we do not recognize this regime and practically when we talk about constructive interaction Israel is out of it.”

There is also a special mode that the US possesses and is different from others, Takhteravanchi noted, adding that the background of US hostility both before and after the revolution, including their support for Iraq in the course of war, has created an exceptional mode.

He said in the course of the nuclear talks, the negotiation team was permitted to talk with the US with regard to the issue and on this basis and within the framework which had been prepared a stage has been reached wherein an agreement has been made which should take its legal procedure.

Stressing that in the trend of constructive interaction neighbors are given priority, he said in economic field, the Europeans have special importance for Iran, but this does not mean that if sanctions are removed, all the economy will be connected to Europe.

However, he further remarked, it is not the case to create a new movement in Iran’s foreign policy towards the West, rather priority is the national interests and these interests necessitate that constructive interaction will take place with all countries, including Western countries.

“Foreign policy in Mr. Rouhani’s government tries to have interaction with all countries, including the Europeans and this trend can be expanded within the framework of mutual respect, non-interference in domestic affairs, etc. with the remaining countries.”

In reply to the question whether the remaining countries also include the US, Takhteravanchi said in case of the US the situation is somewhat different, adding, “In fact due to the mistrust developed in the course of years, we cannot predict whether in the implementation stage, everything will be implemented in accordance with the agreement. Therefore, we look at everything with some caution. We are confident we will properly implement our obligations as it has been the same during this period.”

Stressing that there is a period of four to six months to the stage of implementation, he said, “Therefore, it is still soon to speak of a new movement with the US although it can be said that the Vienna agreement can develop a new atmosphere. After the agreement is entered into force, it can be seen whether there is the possibility of resolving problems between America and Iran or not.”

Implementation of the agreement in itself shows the political intention and will in the American side and if it reaches a good point, “I think it will be a good sign that we can do other works with this county.”