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Tehran still waiting for more positive signs from US: official

Berlin, March 6, IRNA -- Iran has yet to receive more positive signs from the new US administration, indicating its commitment to finally change its hostile policies towards the Islamic Republic, an Iranian official said here Friday.

Addressing a press conference at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin, the Chairman of the Foreign Policy and National Security Committee of Majlis Alaeddin Boroujerdi said his country was still waiting to find out more details about the Iran policy of US President Barack Obama.

To hold negotiations without pre-conditions and to change its tone vis-a vis Iran are "small signs but they are not enough," the Iranian MP stressed.

"We are waiting to find out what Obama means by talking about change. He has to present his (Iran) plan and only then we can say what we intend to do," he added.

Boroujerdi made clear while there had been recent "positive signs by the US" like the closure of the Guantanamo closure and the American withdrawal plan from Iraq, there had also been negative signs, like US support for the Israeli war in Gaza.

Boroujerdi: Iran will not become NATO supply route for Afghanistan

The Islamic Republic of Iran will not allow NATO to use its territory to transit non-military supplies to war-stricken Afghanistan, Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

"Iran is not interested in becoming a logistic bridge for NATO to Afghanistan," Boroujerdi stated at the press conference.

He was reacting to recent German media reports which stated that NATO military leaders were contemplating of using the Iranian route to deliver supplies to Afghanistan as NATO convoys in Pakistan have repeatedly become the target of al-Qaeda and Taliban attacks.

Boroujerdi reiterated Iran's principled opposition to NATO's presence in Iran.

He made clear that the western military alliance had no place in Afghanistan for a "permanent presence" in the country.

The Iranian MP urged NATO to come up with an exit strategy for Afghanistan.

He added that the continuing deployment of NATO would only "lead to more extremism and terrorism."

NATO has currently deployed around 55,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

ISAF is by far NATO's largest military operation in Afghanistan.

The ISAF mission was mandated by the United Nations in December 2001 in the wake of the overthrow of the Taliban.

The largest troop contingents come from the US with 23,220 followed by Britain with 8,910 and Germany with 3,500.

American President Barack Obama has already announced that he would boost the number of US soldiers in Afghanistan by around 17,000.

However, he has also said he would call on European allies to make a similar commitment.

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