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Iranian lawmaker Ismail Kowsari

Iranian lawmaker Ismail Kowsari

From the point of view of the [Iranian] revolutionary nation, the Americans’ offer is by no means acceptable.” Iranian lawmaker Ismail Kowsari
An Iranian lawmaker says Washington’s offer to hold direct talks with Iran is unacceptable, adding that the US only seeks to make up for the failures that it has suffered in Syria. “From the point of view of the revolutionary [Iranian] nation, the Americans’ offer is by no means acceptable,” Ismail Kowsari said on Monday. “American politicians intend to continue their crimes and the reason that they raise the issue of negotiations is to make up for the defeats they have suffered in the region, particularly in Syria,” he added. For Tehran to consider Washington’s offer of talks, the US must first change its approach by accepting Iran’s nuclear energy rights, lifting the sanctions against the Islamic Republic and putting an end to the crimes that it is committing in the region, the Iranian lawmaker said. He added, however, that during US President Barack Obama’s mandate, the Americans have only “pretended” to seek a change in their foreign policies. Kowsari said the US intensifies the sanctions imposed against Iran on the one hand and offers talks under pressure on the other hand. At the 49th annual Munich Security Conference in Germany on February 2, US Vice President Joe Biden said Washington was ready to hold direct talks with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program. However, he noted, “There will be continued pressure.” On February 6, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei rejected talks with the United States under pressure and threats. An offer of talks makes sense only when the side [that makes the offer] shows its goodwill,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. The US has spearheaded several rounds of sanctions against Iran in recent years, based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran vehemently rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. MYA/HMV/HJL
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