The comments by Larijani come as the new administration of President Barack Obama has announced that it is ready to negotiate with Iran on matters that Tehran and Washington differ.
"I don't think the issue of negotiations with the U.S. be so important to affect Iran's elections," Larijani told local and foreign media.
Iranian officials including Larijani himself have been invited to the Munich security conference which analysts say may serve as a catalyst for a direct encounter between Iranian and U.S. officials.
Larijani said, "I have been officially invited to the Munich conference."
He said his speech at the conference will center on the Middle East crisis, energy, European security, and disarmament.
Iran yesterday rejected the idea of improved relations with the US unless there is a sharp change of policy from President Barack Obama, as the country began celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. -Guardian
As Barack Obama settles into the Oval Office and begins his stated mission of reorienting U.S. foreign policy, there's been a flurry of attention to exactly when and how Obama will open a direct dialogue with Iran, as he promised in his campaign. No question that will mark a break from the stinging rhetoric and halting, inconsistent diplomacy of the Bush years. But several sources told The Cable that the informal dialogue between senior Americans and the Iranians was much more robust in recent months than has been previously reported. -Foreign Policy
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs tried to meet a top aide to Iran's supreme leader in mid-December but was rebuffed at the last minute, a snub that illustrates the challenges to dialogue with Tehran pushed by President Barack Obama. Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat, notified Mr. Obama's transition team and the Bush White House of the planned meeting in Bahrain, according to senior Obama administration officials. The engagement with Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, would have marked one of the highest-level meetings between American and Iranian officials since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. It's unclear why Mr. Larijani pulled out. - Wall Street Journal
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