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6/16/03

Iran says dialogue with US impossible, change of attitude needed

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in Tehran on Monday said any Iran-US dialogue was 'impossible' in light of the recent remarks by certain US officials, IRNA reported.

Asefi said the US had adopted an inappropriate literature in dealing with not only Iran but also other nations, adding that the US must change this approach.

"The US must accept that it is a member of the international community, just like others, and not above them," Asefi told reporters at his weekly news conference.

"If the US abandons this attitude, it will quit an ever growing isolation before world public opinion. And the angry remarks by US officials clearly signify this isolation."

He said the propaganda by certain segment of Western media against the Islamic Republic in light of the anti-Iranian remarks by US officials was being orchestrated by the White House, stressing that this shows the US has never cared for mutual respect and dialogue on an equal basis.

US has been particularly hostile to Iran in past days

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here on Monday expressed regret for the particular hostility showed by Washington towards the Iranian nation in the past few days.

Referring to Sunday night's remarks by President George W. Bush in support of the recent student demonstrations that have hit the Iranian capital, he said such remarks clearly constitute US interference in Iranian domestic affairs.

"Various remarks made recently by a number of US officials are a clear interference in the Islamic Republic's domestic affairs," he said, adding that they also violate the Algeria convention which binds Washington as a signatory to refrain from interfering in Iranian affairs.

An official protest note was sent to Washington via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran yesterday, he said, adding that "it is our right to legally follow up the case."

The statements made by US officials result from either their ignorance about the situation in Iran or their profound hostility towards the Islamic Republic, Asefi told domestic and foreign reporters.

"It is an accepted fact that students in Iran are allowed to make their requests known and it is a source of honor for the Islamic Republic to be called upon to meet their demands," he said, stressing that this is what freedom and democracy means.

The Islamic Republic of Iran will not countenance unrest particularly when the parties involved are agents of foreign countries, and will confront it harshly," Asefi said, adding that "We do not consider such issues equal with the moves by the students."

Washington is trying to take advantage of the status quo, believing that it can impose its will by inciting demonstrations inside the country, he added.

The shouts of freedom and democracy have been ringing loud and clear in Iran over the past 50 years, he said, adding that what is disconcerting to Washington is an independent Iranian nation and the pursuit of independent policies by the Islamic Republic.

Asefi further urged US officials to take lessons from past events and not to interfere in the domestic affairs of the Islamic Republic.

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