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Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami calls on U.S. to act wisely

Negotiation needs goodwill, not preconditions: Khatami

TEHRAN, Feb. 25 (Mehr News Agency) -- On Sunday, former president Mohammad Khatami made a criticism of the United States who has set a precondition for a possible dialogue between Tehran and Washington.

"Negotiation requires goodwill, not precondition," Khatami told a religious delegation from the United States.

The multi-denominational Christian delegation has come to Iran to meet religious and political figures and the Iranian people in order to build bridges of peace and security between Iran and the U.S.

The United States has announced it will enter dialogue with Iran only if Tehran freezes its nuclear enrichment program.

Khatami also called on the United States to avoid making unwise decisions at international level.

"Like its nation, the U.S. administration should take wise and bold decision for resolving problems," remarked Khatami who currently chairs the International Institute for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations.

Khatami voiced hope that Iran's nuclear issue will be resolved through diplomatic channels and that no new crisis will be created in the region.

"Any new crisis will harm the Middle East, Iran, and the U.S." he added.

Washington made a great mistake by occupying Iraq which only led to "the spread of radicalism," he commented.

"The U.S. arrogantly shrugged off all well-intentioned proposals, and today every one can see that although Saddam (Hussein) is not there anymore, there is still terrorism and insecurity in Iraq," he stated.

The U.S. has created many problems and has fueled extremism in the region, he added.

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