Iranian President Hassan Rohani has reaffirmed Tehran’s determination to pursue a “win-win” approach to finding a solution to Iran’s nuclear issue. “We seek a win-win game and this is possible,” Rohani said on Tuesday in his first press conference since he took office on Sunday.
“We are prepared to enter serious and meaningful negotiations with determination and without wasting time, and if our opposing party is equally ready, I am confident that the concerns of both sides will be allayed through dialogue,” the Iranian chief executive stated.“In general, I am not pessimistic about the prospect of [future] talks [over Iran’s nuclear issue],” he said. Rohani was alluding to negotiations that Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers are planning to hold in the future. The group comprises the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany. The Iranian president underscored the importance of dialogue as the “sole solution” and noted, “If anyone thinks that they can impose their will on the Iranian nation through intimidation, they are making a grave mistake.” He added that the United States will gain nothing from its “dual approach” vis-à-vis Iran.
“If the US acts based on goodwill and mutual respect … the way will be open for interaction,” Rohani noted.Shortly after Rohani’s inauguration ceremony on Sunday, the White House announced its preparedness to work with Iran’s new administration on the nuclear issue. The statement came despite the new anti-Iran bill approved by the US House of Representatives last Wednesday aimed at imposing tougher sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports and financial sector. The bill, which must be approved by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become law, seeks to cut Iran's oil exports by one million barrels per day over a year. The US has imposed several rounds of illegal sanctions on Iran, which Washington claims to be aimed at pressuring Tehran to abandon its nuclear energy program. The US, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with Washington and the European Union using the unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran. Tehran has categorically rejected West's accusation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. ASH/KA/SS