Monday, January 26, 2009

Iranian MP: Iran should set preconditions for talks with US

Would Obama object? How could he, given that he has already declared he will set down with the mullahs without any preconditions on this side -- including, presumably, the precondition that the Iranians approach the negotiations similarly open-handed and open-hearted? TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran should set preconditions for talks with US because Washington has allocated a special budget against the government in Tehran, a top legislator said.

Iran should set preconditions for talks and not the United States of America because Washington has passed many legislations against Iran such as imposing sanctions, member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahat Pisheh told the Islamic republic news agency.

He also noted that the US has allocated a special budget for operations against the Iranian government.

Referring to the new US President Barack Obama's statement about Iran in which he repeated the preconditions of Bush's government for talking with Iran, he said, "If the new US president seeks to pursue outdated US policies in dealing with Iran, it will not bear any results."

Falahat Pisheh urged for the removal of US sanctions as a sign of goodwill to help pursue a policy of detente with Iran.

The United States and Iran broke diplomatic relations in April 1980, after Iranian students seized the United States' espionage center at its embassy in Tehran. The two countries have had tense relations ever since.

Yet, relations between the two arch foes specially deteriorated following Iran's progress in the field of civilian nuclear technology. Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

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