Iran has adopted its first confidence-building measure by accepting to continue talks on its peaceful nuclear program and is now waiting for the US to build Tehran’s trust, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said Wednesday.
“If the US says that it is not after the overthrow (of the Islamic Republic), it should prove it and (the remarks of) the US (officials) should be verified,” Jazayeri said in the Southwestern city of Ahvaz today.
“The US should adopt confidence-building measures and practically show its good will, pay indemnity for the damage it has inflicted on Iran” and apologize to the Iranian nation, he underlined.
Jazayeri hoped for further unity and resistance of the Iranian people in all the political, diplomatic, economic, scientific, defense and media fields in a bid to thwart the plots hatched by the arrogant powers, the US and the Zionists against 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 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.
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.
Addressing the UN General Assembly meeting late September, US President Barack Obama said the US wanted to resolve the nuclear issue peacefully, and added, “We are not seeking regime change, and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy.”
“Instead, we insist that the Iranian government meet its responsibilities under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions,” he added.
Also, late in September, the Iranian and the US presidents talked over phone before President Rouhani’s departure from New York.
The two presidents talked over the phone as President Rouhani was in a car and heading towards the New York International Airport.
President Rouhani and President Obama discussed different issues during their phone conversation.
The Iranian and US presidents underlined the need for a political will for expediting resolution of West’s standoff with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program.
President Rouhani and President Obama stressed the necessity for mutual cooperation on different regional issues.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry have been commissioned to follow up talks between the two countries.
But after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, the US president made a U-turn, and said that “we take no options off the table, including military options” which revealed the US administration’s lack of independency and decision-making power.