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Iran blasts 'non-coherent' US stance after Bush aide rejects dialogue

Tehran, March 21, IRNA -- Iran said on Saturday that a senior U.S. official's dismissal of dialogue between Tehran and Washington was 'another example of contradictory and non-coherent stances in the American policy-making apparatus'.

White House national security adviser Condoleeza Rice rebuffed on Thursday suggestions that Washington should consider a dialogue with Tehran in order to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear program.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said, "The statements made by the American government's national security advisor are primarily intended for domestic consumption."

The official said 'US failure in Iraq and Afghanistan and the existing doubts which have been raised about the appropriateness of American policies among its own allies' have forced Rice to make such statements.

Talking to CNN, the senior Bush aide listed a series of ongoing concerns the United States has about Iran, including Washington's belief that Tehran is seeking to develop an atom bomb.

"The Iranians know very well, through all kinds of channels and public statements, what our problems are in the relationship," Rice said, adding, "So I don't think anybody needs to have a conversation with the Iranians, because they know what the problem is."

Her comments came after the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, was said to have recommended Washington to approach Tehran about the possibility of dialogue in order to sort out their differences.

Washington cut ties with Tehran in 1980 in the wake of a hostage crisis after Iranian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran and arrested its staff.

In recent months, the United States has sent contradictory signals to Tehran, with the Bush administration offering humanitarian aid to the victims of a destructive earthquake and possibility of a dialogue at one hand and taking a hard stance regarding Iran's nuclear program on the other.

Iranian officials have stressed that only a fundamental change in US policies would change the existing atmosphere of hostility between the two arch-foes.

Asefi seized on mounting doubts raised in recent weeks by America's own allies about the US case for the Iraq war. "America's childish persistence on its wrong policies has led to the escalation of insecurity in the world and ostracized that country among independent governments and the world public opinion," he said.

Poland, a key US ally in the war against Iraq, raised heckles after its President Aleksander Kwasniewski said recently that his country was misled over the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. His remarks came at a bad time for Washington, when the incoming Spanish Socialists pledged to pull out the country's troops from Iraq.

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