A senior Iranian official has ruled out the likelihood of military confrontation between Iran and the US, saying Tehran and Washington can iron out the existing problems in a “win-win” alternative.
“If the Americans show honesty and they are ready to resolve the problems between the two countries, a win-win game is possible,” said Hassan Rohani, the director of the Iranian Expediency Council’s Center of Strategic Studies.
“I reject [the idea of] war. War between us and the US is neither to our benefit, nor to the US benefit. I don’t think, at this juncture, the Americans seek to engage in a war with Iran,” he stated.
The Iranian official noted that at some junctures under the tenure of former US President George W. Bush Washington might have sought to wage war against Iran, but today such conditions are nonexistent, because the US “knows how destructive the ramifications of this war will be for the region and America’s interests.”
“The end of animosity between Iran and the US will not be war. Israelis, however, may seek to do so. But the Americans are definitely not thinking about war with Iran,” Rohani added.
At the 49th annual Munich Security Conference in Germany on February 2, US Vice President Joe Biden said Washington was ready to hold direct talks with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program. However, he noted, “There will be continued pressure.”
On February 7, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said, “Negotiation is meaningful when the two sides talk with goodwill, under equal conditions and without seeking to deceive each other. Therefore, ‘negotiation for the sake of negotiation’, ‘tactical negotiation’ and negotiation offer in order to sell a superpower’s gesture to the world is a deceptive move.”
Political analysts contend that the US claim about its readiness to hold direct talks with Iran is utterly preposterous as America’s deep-rooted policy of anti-Iran pressures contradicts the very tenets of reciprocal interaction.