A senior Iranian legislator noted the US officials’ war rhetoric against Tehran amid international efforts to settle the nuclear dispute between Iran and the West, and said such moves display why the Iranian people cannot trust Washington.
“The Americans’ comments (against Iran) have been made for internal use and they are disgraced and have no good reputation in the world today,” Vice-Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour told FNA on Saturday.
He blasted the West for its dual-track policy towards Iran after the Geneva deal in November, and said, “We don’t withdraw from negotiations and will continue the talks, but the West should know that the Iranian nation’s patience is ending.”
Haqiqatpour underlined that Iran has never trusted the US due to its hypocritical and contradictory approaches and policies.
On November 24, Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program. In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides.
After Iran and the world powers struck a deal in November, Washington officials have been making increasing provocative remarks against Iran and the deal. US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview in Geneva in January that the military option was still on the table if Iran did not live up to its nuclear commitments under the Geneva deal.
In response, a large number of Iranian officials have warned of the dire repercussions of such remarks by Washington officials. Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami warned that the slightest military move by the US will be reciprocated by Iran’s harshest response, underlining that Iran’s reaction would “recognize no boundary”.