A US-based advocate of US-Iran relations tells Radio Farda that in advance of the Presidential election, the Bush administration is pursuing a two pronged policy on Iran: public condemnation and private, closed-door talks.
August 12, 2004 The US expects the UN International Atomic Energy Agency to issue a strongly worded resolution against Iran in the September meeting of its board of governors, President George Bush said today during a campaign speech. He said the US will continue pressing its European allies to convince Iran to achieve an international consensus on Iran's nuclear program.
"We do not have information on the details of contacts between the US officials and the Islamic authorities in Iran, but there many messages through international third parties are going back and forth and there has been several face-to-face meetings in European cities," director of the Princeton, NJ, based American-Iranian Council (AIC) Houshang Amirahmadi tells Radio Farda's broadcaster Fereydoun Zarnegar.
"But the talks have no clear goal and agenda," he adds. "There was a time that the Islamic authorities wanted to hide their contacts with the US officials in fear of losing their base political support within Iran, but now it is the US administration which has taken a secretive approach to its Iran contacts, concerned that the possible failure of these contacts may hurt President Bush's reelection campaign," he adds.
"The US-Iran relations would enter a new stage after the November election," he adds. "The Iran problem will emerge as the number foreign policy issue for the US, regardless of the outcome of the election, and the US will have to resolve the issue one way or another," he adds.
"There are two conflicting opinions in the US on this issue. There are forces who advocate confrontation and there are those who call for normalization. If Bush wins the election, it will act more quickly than a potential Kerry administration, which will need more time to study the matter before placing it on its agenda."
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