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Iran: Results of Talks with G5+1 Determines Next Step in Interaction with US

Politics - Iran said on Tuesday its rapprochement with the US would depend on Washington’s policy and actions in the format of Group 5+1 talks with Tehran.

“Change in relations should first show its results in the Iran-Group 5+1 talks,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said during a weekly press conference and in response to an ABC question about the next step in Tehran-Washington ties and about the possible response of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to an invitation by his American counterpart Barack Obama to visit the US.

“This is the framework which determines the path of decision-making for future,” the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman continued.

Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized US President Barack Obama for replacing his rapprochement policy with a warmongering approach towards Tehran, and asked him to show a stable attitude.

The Iranian top diplomat's remarks came after the US officials changed their soft tone towards Iran to warmongering after Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York in late September.

"President Obama should have stability to improve mutual confidence-building; zigzag moves will destroy mutual trust and confidence and will tarnish the US credibility," Zarif wrote on his Tweeter page.

"President Obama's imagination that Iran has come to negotiate under illegal threats and sanctions is an insult to a nation and a haughty and incorrect behavior," he added.

Addressing the UN General Assembly meeting in late September, Obama said the US wanted to resolve the nuclear issue peacefully, and added, "We are not seeking regime change, and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy."

"Instead, we insist that the Iranian government meet its responsibilities under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and UN Security Council resolutions," he added.

But after meeting Netanyahu, the US president said, "We take no options off the table, including military options."

 

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