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5/14/07

Iran, U.S. must sit at the table to resolve differences: analysts

TEHRAN, May 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- Two Iranian political analysts believe that sitting at the negotiating table is the best way to resolve the disputes between Iran and the United States.

"Given the central role of the U.S. in Iran's nuclear issue, it seems that the only way to resolve it, is to hold talks between Tehran and Washington without intermediary; other efforts are secondary routes," international affairs expert Fayaz Zahed of Tehran University told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.

Zahed added, "In my opinion Iran should reach a fundamental conclusion on its relations with the U.S., and perhaps engage in negotiations without intermediary for resolving all issues, including the nuclear one."

Similar ideas were also echoed by political analyst Alireza Davari.

"In the current situation it seems that Tehran and Washington have reached the conclusion that they should resolve their disputes at the negotiation table," Davari told MNA.

"In nuclear disputes, Iran's opposing party is the U.S., and not European countries, China or Russia," Davari observed.

Davari said since the Europeans have not fulfilled their obligations or promises to Iran and they basically don't reflect the messages of each side exactly to the other, it would be better for Iran and the U.S. to enter direct talks.

He argued that Iran's nuclear position has presented challenges to the White House.

"Today, it seems that Iran and the United States mutually need each other," Davari noted. Davari also observed that the U.S. knows well that sanctions against Iran are inefficient, however, it tries to use internationally legitimate tools to prepare the ground for imposing international sanctions on Iran.

So far almost all the pressure on Iran have come from the U.S. and it will surely welcome the next UN Security Council resolution against Iran in order to push ahead with its plans against Iran, Zahed said.

"In negotiations one may have to give a concession to the other side in order to win some concessions; it means that in certain situations you should take a step back, but make up for it with two steps forward," Zahed commented.

He also called harsh rhetoric against Iran by U.S. official a mere psychological warfare campaign against Tehran.

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