Source: Islamic Republic News Agency, Tehran
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is ready for interactions if Americans are truly sincere in their claims. Talking to IRNA on Tuesday, he made the remarks in reaction to the recent remarks of his US counterpart John Kerry as well as the request of 35 former American officials for direct talks with Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
ˈDuring the recent Iran-5+1 talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, it was agreed that the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton talks with foreign ministers of the participating countries and then informs the top Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili of the results but she declined to do so which proves they are not sincere with what they promise,ˈhe added.
He described it as a serious mistake for them to express interest in establishing interactions and then keep it just as rhetoric to feed the media.
Salehi said he believed the current Iranian year (started March 21, 2013) will be the year of destiny for Iran for its opening up a new chapter in the ties with other countries.
He said the West will eventually have no choice but to have interactions with Iran.
The FM further hoped they would adopt a positive approach towards the issue.
FM spokesman: No date fixed yet for talks with IAEA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast here on Tuesday said talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is on Iranˈs agenda but no date has yet been fixed for continuation of technical debates.
Talking to reporters during his weekly press briefing, he pointed to the date announced by some media for the next round of talks between Iran and the IAEA (May 21, 2013) and said though no date has been fixed for the talks the issue is still on the agenda for Iran.
Reacting to the remarks of the US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on selling arms to the Zionist regime, he said they are trying to overestimate the threats in the region in line with waging soft war.
Asked about the objectives of the Hagelˈs remarks who has claimed that the US sell of dlrs 10 billion worth of arms to the Zionist regime contains a clear message for Iran, he said they ultimately aim to sell arms to the regional countries.
Stressing that Iran is a powerful country, Mehmanparast said Tehran will never allow violation of its sovereignty under any circumstances.
He reiterated that the Zionist regime, by purchasing the arms, will never have the excuses it seeks to continue its aggressive behavior in the region.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman added that the Iranian nation will only become stronger and more determined by such actions.
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