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Iran Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi (file photo)

Iran Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi (file photo)

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says the US offer to hold direct talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program is an act of demagoguery and will yield no result. “The Americans must first show they [sincerely] want to talk and then act on their proposal for negotiations with Iran,” Brigadier General Vahidi said Wednesday. Vahidi added that the US must prove its sincerity by compensating for the wrongs it has done to the Iranian nation. ”Unfortunately this (compensating for past wrongs) has not been done up to now; therefore, proposed talks with this country (US), under the present circumstances, is absolutely impossible,” he expounded. 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. On February 6, the US Treasury Department announced new sanctions targeting Iranian oil revenues. The sanctions prevent Iran from gaining access to earnings garnered from its crude exports. On February 7, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said “an offer of talks makes sense only when the side [making the offer] shows its goodwill.” “Negotiation with the United States does not solve any problem because they have not fulfilled any of their promises over the past 60 years.” The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. PG/HGH/SS
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