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Khatami: There is a "tall wall of distrust" between Iran and U.S.

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- There is a "tall wall of distrust between Iran and the United States," former president Mohammad Khatami said on Saturday.

"A relation requires mutual understanding; it is not possible for Iran to show flexibility when the other side's policy is to change Iran's regime which is the most democratic system in the region," Khatami said at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2007.

It is not possible to build trust and provoke the Arabs against Iran at the same time, he added.

He asked why the major powers do not support the Middle East to establish a union when the entire world is moving toward setting up more unions.

U.S. Senator John Kerry, who was the next speaker, criticized what he called the "unfortunate habit" of Americans to see the world "exclusively through an American lens."

He said, "So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East - in the world, really. I've never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today."

"I think it's dangerous and absurd that the U.S. is not engaging directly with Iran [and Syria]," Kerry told the Annual Meeting of 2,400 business, political and civil society leaders.

He added that he believed talks could start if Iran would agree to temporarily suspend its nuclear program.

... Payvand News - 1/31/07 ... --

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