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Parliament Speaker: U.S. call for Afghan talks with Iran unacceptable

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States' call for talks with Iran on Afghanistan is unacceptable and Iran and the U.S. do not have a common approach to negotiations.

Speaking during a Majlis session on Sunday, Larijani made the remarks in response to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently said she is ready to hold talks with Iran on Afghanistan.

In early August, U.S. President Barack Obama also proposed holding talks with Iran on Afghanistan, claiming that since the two countries have a "mutual interest" in fighting the Taliban, "Iran should be a part of that (the talks) and could be a constructive partner."

It is a "scandal" for the U.S. to talk deceitfully about negotiating with Iran after the UN's anti-Iran sanctions resolution, Larijani stated.

On June 9, the UN Security Council approved the fourth round of sanctions against Iran in a 12-2 vote, but Brazil and Turkey voted against the resolution and Lebanon abstained.

The Iranian nation is well aware of the U.S. actions against the interests of Iran in various periods, Larijani noted and called for increased unity and vigilance toward the enemies' deception.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Majlis speaker noted, "The United States' black record is before the nation's eyes, so (the U.S.) mercenary policies must not be faced naively."

"You have committed crimes in Afghanistan," Larijani said, addressing the U.S., adding, "We are against the aggression committed by the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan and oppressing the Afghan people."

Iran and the U.S. do not have a common approach to negotiations, he noted.

He also stated, "Ms. Clinton condescends to hold talks with Iran on Afghanistan."

The parliament speaker also praised the recent Majlis ratification which requires the government to take reciprocal action toward the measures taken by countries which are attempting to enforce a sanctions resolution against Iran and described it as a "timely" decision.

In response to the UN sanctions resolution, the Majlis approved a bill allowing the reciprocal inspection of foreign ships and banning the inspection of Iranian nuclear sites beyond the requirements of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The United States should be aware that the Majlis will keep a close eye on their behavior, and they should not suppose that by using a different tone they can "lighten the burden of their betrayal of the Iranian nation," Larijani added.

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