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Analyst: Zionist Lobbies Thwart Improvement of US Ties with Iran

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TEHRAN, May 30 (ICANA) – A senior analyst at Maryland University reiterated on Monday that Washington's policies towards Iran have not changed due to the Zionist lobby's deep infiltration in the very heart of the US administration and the country's decision-making bodies.
Monday, May 30, 2011 2:00:56 PM
Analyst: Zionist Lobbies Thwart Improvement of US Ties with Iran

"I see no significant change in the American policy towards Iran. American policy continues to be driven primarily by the concerns of the Zionist lobby," Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, also a lecturer at Maryland University, told FNA.

He described the Zionist lobby's concerns as "impeding Iranian support for Hezbollah and Hamas and for Palestinians in general, maintaining the status quo in Sunni-Shiite hostilities to avoid a peaceful resolution that would end intra-Muslim rivalry which Israel has used to its advantage while at the same time avoiding a boiling over into a violent confrontation that might cause the fall of pro-American regimes, like Bahrain, and preserving Israel's nuclear monopoly in the Persian Gulf".

The United States and Iran broke diplomatic relations in April 1980, after Iranian students seized the United States' espionage center at its embassy in Tehran. The two countries have had tense relations ever since, but have shown willingness to attend talks to help resolve regional issues, including security in Iraq. Yet, the two countries have avoided talks on bilateral issues for the last thirty years.

Obama White House in March 2009 tried to offer an olive branch to Iran and repair strained ties of nearly three decades. Tehran, meanwhile, said it would only consider the promise after seeing practical changes in the US policies.

But Obama in a sudden change of policy threatened to use nuclear weapons against Iran.

The United States pledged never to use nuclear weapons against the states that comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaties (NPT) as part of a much-anticipated review of nuclear arms strategy released last year.

But the new pledge left open a nuclear strike against countries that have signed the global NPT but stand accused of violating its terms.

Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that the US believes are developing nuclear weapons.

In response, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Obama for his threatening remarks against Iran, and said Obama's comments indicated his lack of experience.

President Ahmadinejad said that American leaders still act like cowboys and like heroes in Western movies, "Whenever there is a problem, they take out their guns."

Also, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in February urged the US administration to make a fundamental change in its attitude towards Tehran if it is willing to start bilateral talks with Iran.

"They are not sincere in their words and behavior and if they really want negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran they should change their behavior towards Iran profoundly," Salehi said in a meeting with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Bessho Koro at the time.

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