TEHRAN (ISNA)-Chief of Iran's Expediency Council Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani advised the US not to repeat threatening remarks against Iran so that the atmosphere that exists in the country in favor of dialogue would not be ruined.
Iran has always announced that it is ready for dialogue in equal and fair atmosphere but they put forward preconditions and now that they have removed the conditions Ms. Clinton voiced remarks similar to that of Bush, Rafsanjani said.
"On one hand the US President gives message with an acceptable vocabulary and on the other hand Ms. Clinton says they are ready for negotiations but besides that they are preparing a crippling sanction against Iran."
"(We) are more than willing to reach out to the Iranians to discuss a range of issues, assuming they're willing to reach back," the US Secretary of States Hilary Clinton said Wednesday adding "we are also laying the groundwork for the kind of very tough ... sanctions that might be necessary in the event that our offers are either rejected or the process is inconclusive or unsuccessful."
"This is the word of the chief of US foreign policy not just papers and media and if there is going to be a dialogue, she has a heavy responsibility in this regard," Iran's former President noted.
He further referred to late Leader of the Islamic revolution Imam Khomeini's remarks who said if the US showed goodwill, Iran would have no problem for dialogue and continued remarks such as those of Clinton meant nothing but that they want talks in order to secure their interests.
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