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Washington unwilling to hold direct talks with Iran: Galloway

TEHRAN, Dec. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- British MP George Galloway says there is no indication that the U.S. is willing to enter talks with Iran over its nuclear program. Iran and the U.S. have held three rounds of talks in Baghdad to improve the security situation in Iraq. A fourth round of talks between the arch foes is also imminent.

However, the U.S. has said Iran should first stop its uranium enrichment program as a precondition for direct nuclear talks, although, as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has the right to enrich uranium for civilian applications.

"There is no sign that there are going to be proper face-to-face negotiations, and I don't believe that there is a willingness by the United States to engage in them," Galloway told the Mehr News Agency in an interview on November 26.

Galloway also says whoever takes the helm at the White House "will not be a friend of Iran."

"Whoever the next U.S. president is, he or she will not be a friend of Iran. The language from the principal contenders is very hostile and Barrack Obama, who might have been a more reasonable president, is far behind in the polls.

"It's likely that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination - and a better friend of Israel's you could not find - and perhaps the presidency. So I'm afraid it's going to be the same old same old, as we say."

The socialist-minded British lawmaker argues that one should not play down the influence of Christian extremists within the U.S. establishment.

"...There's also a right-wing Christian zealotry among the U.S. leadership which should not be underestimated. ...I believe the U.S. is trying to ratchet up the tension to provide an excuse for an attack (on Iran), the consequences of which would be horrendous for us all. It's bleak I am afraid."

... Payvand News - 12/05/07 ... --

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