US sends contradictory signals about Iran: Rohani

US sends contradictory signals about Iran: Rohani
Tue Aug 6, 2013 17:27:16

Iranian President Hassan Rohani says US signals about adopting a cooperative stance with Iran are contradictory and if real improvements are to be followed, Iran is ready to respond properly.

Speaking at his first news conference on Tuesday after he swore in as Iran’s 11th president, Rohani said, latest US statement against Iran’s nuclear program shows American officials do not have a correct and complete understanding of the Iranian nation.

"Their behaviors are contradictory and their messages are mixed, both in talks and in actions", Rohani said.

Iran's new president said he is "not pessimistic" about future of any talks and direct engagements with the United States.

But he said the US has adopted a double standard policy toward Iran; should Americans change their policies toward being more sincere and honest, favorable results are to be expected, Rohani added.

Speaking on the nuclear issue Rohani said the whole process must be entitled to negotiations not threats.

Threats will only add to problems and “if anyone thinks he can impose its desires on Iranian people, that person is very wrong”.

Rohani said "I announce as Iran’s president that Iranian government is seriously determined to solve the nuclear standoff and will consider concerns of the other side".

If the West also considers Iran’s concerns, the result will be constructive he added.

Rohani said he will speak to the world to solve current problems and show them that Iran does not want to threaten anyone or meddle in internal affairs of any other country.

He said the Islamic Republic’s readiness to hold talks with any country within the framework of Iran’s national interests.

He recommended White House officials to make decisions in accordance with the realities.

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.

In its latest measure against Iran, the US House of Representatives last Wednesday approved a bill to impose 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.

Tehran has categorically rejected West's accusations, 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.


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