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FM: Iran to respond positively to US policy change

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 30, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here on Thursday that Iran will respond positively if the new US President Barack Obama is sincere with his promise to change the US foreign policy.

"Obama's motto of change should be proved in action; regional states wait to see how the changes will be made. We do believe that if the new administration of the United States, as President (Barack) Obama has said, is going to change its policies, not in talking but in acts, then definitely it will find in the region a creative and cooperative reaction, including from Iran," Mottaki told a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos.

Mottaki said Tehran has always been playing a constructive role in connection with its neighbors and other regional states on the basis of the principle of peaceful coexistence.

He said Iran has followed the same policy in Iraq through contributing to establishment of sustainable security and safety because Iraq is a country that both Iran and other countries are interested in.

Rafsanjani asks Obama to adopt 'fair' approach on Iran

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (Mehr News Agency) - Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced on Friday that Tehran expects the new U.S. administration to take a "fair and wise" approach toward Iran in regard to its nuclear program.

Such a move, which recognizes Iran's right, would enable the United States to address the international community's concerns and resolve the regional problems with the cooperation of Iran, Rafsanjani pointed out.

"We are still waiting for the new U.S. administration to take a wise and fair stance on this delicate issue and the U.S. should know that repeating Bush's words will not resolve any problem," he told worshipers.

"Saying all options, even the military option, are on the table and that Iran must give up its nuclear program to end its isolation will not resolve any issue," Rafsanjani noted.

Rafsanjani said if Barack Obama does not adopt the right stance, the history would judge him like former U.S. president George W. Bush.

"Obama's comments sound like change"

Tehran, Jan 30, IRNA - Iran's former ambassador to UN Geneva headquarters referred to US President Barrack Obama's order to shut down Guantanamo prison, or détente with Islamic world as signs of change and creating opportunities.

Ali-Ashraf Mojtahed-Shabestari pointing out that the United States is urged to opt for serious changes today, added in an interview with IRNA Political Desk, "The US people who consider (the former US president George W.) Bush as the most hated US president, side by side with the world public opinion about him, are asking for change to rebuild the damaged reputation of their country."

He advised, "Under such circumstances that the first moves have been made by President Obama for change, we, too, should avoid repeating former stands."

The veteran diplomat who has served as Iran's ambassador during the years of the sacred defense at the UN headquarters in Geneva, emphasized the need for taking proper advantage of the country's diplomatic apparatus in order to grasp the emerged opportunities, arguing, "Safeguarding our national interests should be our diplomacy's topmost priority."

He said, "We should not remain indifferent towards the occurrence of such developments, since an opportunity might occur merely one fleeting time."

Mojtahed Shabestari, who in his career records also has serving as Islamic Republic of Iran's ambassador to Tajikistan, added, "A dynamic diplomatic apparatus needs to monitor the actions and reactions at the international scene constantly and be at guard to take advantage of entire opportunities in order to secure country's grave national interests."

Emphasizing that the Zionist regime alone is the red line for the Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign relations, adding, "There are no absolute blacks, or absolute whites at the scene of diplomacy, as we had better instead look for ways to improve the country's general status, through paving entire possible ways."

IAEA chief welcomes Iran-US talks

Vienna, Jan 30, IRNA - Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohammed ElBaradei welcomed direct talks between Iran and the United States.

He made the remark on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum which is currently underway in Davos, Switzerland.

Commenting on the policies of the new American President Barack Obama on Iran, he said the most important thing now is to make necessary preparations for talks with Iran and be explicit enough in expressing views about the points of divergence and that what is the most appropriate time for going further ahead.

"That is the way to go. It is long overdue. Iran should answer technical questions from the IAEA and the dialogue should start without preconditions."

He said the most appropriate manner to settle Iran's nuclear issue is to listen to Tehran's answers to the IAEA questions on the one hand and start unconditional negotiations with it on the other hand.

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