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Iranian party asks government to take lead in detente strategy with US

An Iranian political party on Wednesday asked President Khatami's government to take lead of the foreign policy, and initiate a wise policy aimed at constant lifting of the US sanctions and full detente in Tehran-Washington ties as a strategic objective, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization (IRMO) has argued in its two-page communique, a copy of which was faxed to IRNA, "The recent months' developments have once again provided an appropriate ground for Tehran and Washington to try and solve the existing difficulties in a way to safeguard both sides' national interests.

"The Iranian government has in various occasions announced that the only possible development that can lead to a change in the existing atmosphere in Iran-US ties would be Washington's drastic alteration of its policies towards Tehran," has argued the IRMO.

Elsewhere in the communique we read, "The government and the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) must keeping in mind the newly emerged atmosphere in Iran-US relations, heed no concerns, but the national interests Iran, and quite resolutely take determined wise steps that will secure the country's vital interests."

"The arrest of Saddam Hussain", "Iran's joining the NPT additional protocol", and "The Iraqi Governing Council's (IGC) decision to halt the MKO terrorist organization's activities and deport that organization's agents from Iraq, that has definitely been confirmed by the US administration" are referred to as "some of the positive developments in Iran-US relations in recent months.

The communique has referred to the devastating Bam earthquake, that had huge catastrophic dimensions in terms of human life loss, as an opportunity in which "the United States took the initial, but extremely important step towards an effective detente policy."

"The US not only forwarded relief teams and humanitarian aid for the bam quake victims, but also temporarily lifted a large part of the economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran," adds the IRMO communique.

The political party has further argued, "That move by the United States must be welcomed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, that had always emphasized that in order to eliminate the wall of distrust between the two countries, the United States needs to take effective practical steps."

It has drawn the attention of the foreign policy makers of the country to the point that under the newly emerged conditions, when such threats as the Taliban and Saddam have been eliminated, the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the most important country in the region, has the privilege of being gifted with the required potentials to influence the crises in its neighborhood.

Referring to the developments in Iran's foreign policy after the May 23rd presidential elections in which President Khatami was elected for the first time, the IRMO has concluded, "Such developments had provided the best possible conditions for the establishment of dialogue and implementation of detente policy between the two countries, but for reasons not clear to us, such potentials have never been properly exploited."

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