Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Tells US to Change Approach to Improve Relations
By VOA News
A top Iranian official said the United States should
change its approach if it wants to improve relations with Tehran.
Iranian state media report Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani has
compared the current U.S. diplomatic approach to a boxing match when a game of
chess would be preferred.
|Speaker Ali Larijani, Iran's former nuclear
negotiator (file photo)
Larijani commented to visiting Greek journalists Saturday that the differences
between the U.S. and Iran are not emotional problems, and must be resolved with
actions rather than speeches.
Earlier this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tehran was ready
for talks with Washington in an atmosphere of "mutual respect."
Washington suspects Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons, and it is looking
for ways to persuade Tehran to stop enriching uranium, a key element in nuclear
bombs. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes.
The United States and Iran severed ties 30 years ago but Washington has held
several rounds of talks with Iranian officials about security in Iraq.
Tehran opposes a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement allowing American troops to
remain in Iraq through 2011. Iran says the deal undermines Iraqi sovereignty.
The U.S. Defense Department issued a report last month accusing Iran of hosting,
training, funding, arming and directing militant groups intent on destabilizing
Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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