Criticism of Ahmadinejad’s statements on renewal of ties with US continues
- Deputy Judiciary Chief for Strategic Affairs, Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr, referred to the President’s proposal to conduct talks with the US, stating that under current global conditions, this proposal was a wrong political decision that may have dangerous ramifications. Negotiations with the US is not a matter the President can decide on, but a strategic policy. The only person who can decide on this matter is the Supreme Leader.
- Advisor to the Supreme Leader on International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati: Iran’s overall policies regarding ties with the US has not changed and remains intact. Iran has made no decision to change this policy. Iran has adhered to its past policies that are based on the revolution-generating decision and the Supreme Leader.
- Member of the Majlis National Security Committee, Javad Jahangirazadeh, stressed that any decision regarding negotiations with the US is not the President’s purview and that the statements were “deviant.” Vice Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Mansour Haqiqatpour said, “Raising the issue of talks with the US is not acceptable at all, since such relations run counter to Iran’s national interests… Negotiation is not expedient to the Islamic Republic.”
- Foreign Ministry spokesman: “There was never any contact, meeting or dialogue with American officials,” during the visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his entourage to New York.