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Presidential advisor calls for end of US anti-Iran sanctions

Vice-President and Head of the Department of the Environment Ms Masoumeh Ebtekar in statements published on Friday called for an end to the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic saying many things would change if Washington shifts Its Iran policy, IRNA reported from Tokyo.

The daily Yomiuri, Japan's highest circulation newspaper which conducted an interview with Ebtekar, quoted the Iranian presidential advisor as saying that to change anything as for the relations between Iran and US, Washington has to lift sanctions it has imposed on Iran.

Ebtekar, the one time student taking part in the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979, said in today's world the mutual respect constitute the cornerstone of the relations among countries. She said unfortunately the conservatives in the United States are not after making up for their past mistakes toward Iran.

Asked to comment on the reasons for the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran, she said in that time, conspiracies had been hatched to overthrow Iran's Islamic system and that is why the Iranian students decided to take over the US embassy.

The Iranian students in that time, she added, were convinced that the holding of rallies and sit-ins outside the US embassy would not settle the crisis sparked by the United States and then they chose to take the embassy over.

Commenting on the reformation drive in Iran, She said the democracy has found vast dimensions in the Islamic Republic and the Iranian Constitution has provided the favorable grounds for the growth of democracy.

She said however that reforms should be enshrined in many areas including the judicial apparatus. Now the Iranians enjoy the freedoms of expression and though while these freedoms had not existed during the Shah regime, she noted.

The United States has been since long to contain Iran's Islamic Revolution since the Islamic Revolution had endangered the US interests in the region, she said.

She went on to say that the Revolution has left behind tough times and it will be faced with many challenges and dangers in the future too.

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