MP Rules Out Possibility of Direct Talks with US
News number: 9107146988 19:48 | 2013-02-23
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent lawmaker dismissed the US offer of direct talks
with Iran as a cunning move in a bid to help Washington maintain its
prestige as a world power.
"The Americans are growing passive in the world and it can be said that the
US offer of talks with Iran is aimed at saving its face as a power in the
world," Shahin-Shahr's representative at the parliament Hosseinali
Haji-Deligani told FNA on Saturday.
Negotiations has its own terms and conditions, he said, and added, "In
negotiation the two sides should try to reach an understanding, but such
conditions are not felt to be fair when it comes to negotiations with the
The remarks by the Iranian lawmaker came after Washington officials earlier
this month extended an offer of direct talks with Tehran. US Vice-President
Joe Biden, speaking at this year's Munich Security Conference, reiterated
previous indications that the US was prepared to talk one-on-one with Iran.
In response, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei dismissed
the US offer, saying that the proposal has been made in word, while
Washington's actions show a different course, meaning that the offer is
nothing but a cunning move.
Addressing a gathering of Iranian Air Force commanders and personnel here in
Tehran early in February, the leader rejected the US statesmen's remarks
that the ball is now in Iran's court, and said, "The ball is in your court
because you should answer and say if speaking of negotiations concurrent
with pressures and threats basically bears any meaning."
"Negotiation is meant to prove the goodwill. But you make tens of (hostile)
actions with ill intention and then speak of negotiations in words. Can the
Iranian nation believe that you are driven by goodwill," the Leader
He further stated that the US needs talks with Iran because Washington's
Middle-East policy has proved as a failure and Americans need to show a
winning ace to repair their damaged reputation."
"Bringing the revolutionary and popular Islamic Republic to the negotiating
table is the American's winning ace as they want to tell the world that they
have goodwill; but no one sees any goodwill (in the Americans)," Ayatollah
He reminded his response to the US president's previous offer of talks four
years ago, and said, "Right then it was emphasized (by me) that we didn't
look at the offer with bias and prejudgment and would wait to see their
action, but in these four years nothing has been observed (of the US) but
continued plots, aid and assistance to seditionists and conspirators and
support for the terrorists who assassinated the Iranian nation's
The Iranian Leader further underlined the contradictory remarks and actions
of the White House rulers, and said, "You impose - in your own words -
crippling sanctions to paralyze the (Iranian) nation, does this show good or
"Negotiation is meaningful when the two sides talk with goodwill, on equal
footings and without an intention to deceit (the other side) and that's why
'negotiation for negotiation', 'negotiation in the form of a tactic', and
offer of negotiation to pose as a world superpower is a deceitful move," the
Supreme Leader reiterated.
"You aim the gun at the Iranian nation and then say 'negotiate or I shoot'!
But you should know that pressure and negotiation are not compatible and the
(Iranian) nation will not be intimidated by these things," Ayatollah
He further pointed to a number of cases in recent history in which Iran has
shown trust and accepted to start talks with the US, and lamented that the
US has always proved to be disloyal to its undertakings in such cases.
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 have
shown willingness to attend talks to help resolve regional issues, including
security in Iraq. Yet, the two countries have avoided talks on bilateral
issues for the last thirty years.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear
weapons under the cover of a civilian