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Iran: No Immediate Plan to Resume Ties with US

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, July 6 (ICANA) – Tehran has no immediate plan to resume relations with Washington, the Iranian Foreign Ministry reiterated on Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 7:07:07 PM
Iran: No Immediate Plan to Resume Ties with US

"We don't have (resumption of) relations with the US on our agenda," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said, addressing a number of military commanders and personnel in the Southern city of Shiraz, Fars province.

Mehman-Parast cited Washington's long-term hostilities towards the Iranian nation as the main reason underlying Iran's unwillingness to resume ties with the US, and said Tehran has witnessed no change of approach in the White House policies on Iran.

"There is no indication that they are regretful or attempt to make up for their past hostilities," he said.

Meantime, he underlined that Tehran seeks to reinvigorate and develop relations with all the world countries except the illegitimate Zionist regime which has occupied the Palestinian territories and will be obliged to leave it sooner or later.

Tehran has been under Washington sanctions after the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled a US-backed monarch in the country.

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 the two countries' relations deteriorated following Iran's progress in the field of civilian nuclear technology. Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Also during the recent post-election events in Iran, Iranian officials found a number of documents as well as a series of confessions extracted from the detainees substantiating US attempts to stoke unrests in the country.

US President Barack Obama claimed that he wants rapprochement with Tehran after he ascended to office, but has yet shown no sign of change in practice.

Tehran officials have frequently underlined that they would not think of resuming ties with the US unless they see a real change in Washington policies in action.

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