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Tehran-Washington talks can be conducive to solving nuclear row: Iranian Academic

TEHRAN, Feb. (Mehr News Agency) - An expert on international affairs, Piruz Varjavand, believes that Iran should change the current convulsive situation which some countries are using it against Tehran.

Piruz Varjavand

Varjavand says talks between Iran and the United States, as the main side and a hegemonic power which is not comparable with China and Russia, can serve as a solution to the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West.

"Iran should be able to distinguish between harmful and harmless policies of the U.S.," Varjavand told the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday.

"If we would not be able to reach an agreement with the world's major powers, the others will reject us and use the atmosphere against us," he added.

Iran should be a power that others try to reach it and not getting away from it, he noted.

"Our negative view toward U.S. should appear logical and not create obstacles in the path of Iran's development," he added.

The university professor criticized Iran's reliance on Russia, arguing that the government should act very cautiously in selecting strategic partners.

"Throughout the history, it has always been the Russian strategy to have Iran as a weak country, therefore our diplomatic turn toward Russia is an inexpert approach," he opined.

"Through a strong diplomacy we should avoid wasting the opportunities," he said.

However, political expert Mahmud Dehqan stated that "holding talks with the U.S. is not practical at the current situation" and it requires a shift from absolute negativism to a calm situation peace and trust.

Negotiation between Iran and the U.S. is an unrealistic plan because Washington will not readily give up its hostile stance toward Tehran, Dehqan told MNA in a separate interview.

He said the visit to nuclear facilities by foreign ambassadors and reporters can help build trust on the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities, but it is not the key to the problem.

Envoys from the Group of 77 and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) troika visited the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility on Saturday. Many foreign and local reporters accompanied the group to the site.

"Even if all reporters in the world would visit the nuclear facilities, it makes no difference in the UN Security Council's decisions" and it does not prevent more resolutions from being issued against Iran, he added.

The UN Security Council passed Resolution 1737 on December 23 imposing sanctions on Iran's trade in nuclear material and technology as Iran refused to stop its enrichment activities.

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