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Reviving Iran-US frozen ties needs Obama to fulfill promises: FM Deputy

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (ISNA)-Iran's Foreign Ministry's Deputy says US president Barack Obama must fulfill the promises he made regarding Iran during his campaign if he is to revive frozen ties of the two countries.

Iran expects Obama regarding any reconciliation to act according to justice, Mehdi Safari said while in Brussels for energy talks with the European Union officials and Javier Solana.

He added, however, Iran will accept no preconditions for talks particularly over its nuclear issue.

Also over energy related discussions with the EU he was cited by the Associated Press that Iran could be a good suppliant of energy for Europe.

Iranian MP advises 44th US president to release Iran's frozen assets

Tehran, Jan 20, IRNA -- Member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Fatemeh Alia recommended the US president-elect Barack Obama to release Iran's forezen assets.

Obama is to take office as the 44th US president later on Tuesday. He won the election with a promise of "change."

"Obama should change hostile policies followed by Republics towards Iran," said the MP.

She added that freezing Iran's assets by the US government was "an unfair and illegal" act.

Billions of dollars worth of Iran's assets including bank deposits, gold and other properties, have been frozen by the US government.

Alia stressed, "Grounds will probably be prepared for reviewing political relations between Iran and the US, if the president-elect changes US policies towards Iran."

Referring to the long history of US support for terrorist groups including the outlawed Mujahidin Khalq Oranization (MKO), the MP said that discontinuation of US support for terrorists is another issue that should be taken seriously by president-elect Obama.

"As it was proved that MKO is an armed group involved in terrorist operations, no country should support it," Alia stressed.

Merkel welcomes Obama's readiness for talks with Iran

Berlin, Jan 20, IRNA -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the willingness of new US President Barack Obama to initiate a political dialogue with Iran.

Talking to German television Tuesday morning, the German leader said, "If the Iranians are ready to set perhaps new accents in their talks with America that would be a good signal. In any case, I believe, one should try it."

Tehran has repeatedly indicated it would be willing to engage in a rapprochement process with Washington, if the US finally abandons its hostile behaviour towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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