TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- US President Barack Obama is considering better relations with Iran and welcomes such ties, a lecturer at the US Duke University said on Tuesday.
"Obama has said several times that he welcomes better relations with Iran and was much vigilant to avoid criticisms about Iran's presidential election," Ole R Holsti told FNA.
Asked if the only way to save the US reputation in Iraq and Afghanistan is to cooperate with Iran, he stressed, "Yes, cooperation with Iran on Afghanistan is crucial."
Holsti criticized Bush's administration for losing the opportunity to interact with Iran, and said Bush the father had said in his speech in Duke University that his generation learned from the World War II that there is no possibility to attain goals without the help of the others.
The United States and Iran broke diplomatic relations in April 1980, after Iranian students seized the United States' espionage center at its embassy in Tehran. The two countries have had tense relations ever since.
But the two countries' relations deteriorated following Iran's progress in the field of civilian nuclear technology. Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Also during the recent post-election events in Iran, Iranian officials found a number of documents as well as a series of confessions extracted from the detainees substantiating US attempts to stoke unrests in the country.
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