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Washington's involvement in nuclear issue not negative: Iranian official

TEHRAN, July 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Bush administration uses the Iranian nuclear issue as a lever to achieve success at the upcoming congressional election, said Mahmud Vaezi, the deputy chairman of the Expediency Council Strategic Research Center, on Tuesday.

The Republicans want to deal with Iran's nuclear issue in a way so as to improve their reputation among the U.S. public opinion and to compensate for their defeat in Iraq, Vaezi told the Mehr News Agency.

"Washington wants to show that it has created an international consensus against Iran's threat," the former vice foreign minister added.

Iran seeks its rights based on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Vaezi noted, saying that the best way to build confidence and to allay concerns over the nature of Iran's nuclear activities is dialogue.

The negotiating sides should not play a win-lose game but should try to move toward a win-win situation, he observed.

"Germany, China, Russia and to some extent France try to reach a mutual understanding with Iran which is positive but the U.S. has a tougher stance and the British sway back and forth between the stance of the U.S. and that of Europe," he commented.

Vaezi noted that the U.S. should modify its approach toward Iran and adopt a more realistic attitude on the country's nuclear program.

"I do not see Washington's direct involvement in the nuclear issue as negative," he opined.

"I believe that the U.S. was more obstructive before getting involved in the nuclear issue and the Europeans showed that they are not very independent of the United States."

The five permanent UN Security Council members -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China - plus Germany have recently presented Iran with a package of proposals meant to resolve the dispute over the country's nuclear program.

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