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Leading adviser for international affairs: Rouhani government to adopt same nuclear strategy but with softer tone

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Ali Akbar Velayati noted that Khamenei said that “We suspended any kind of (uranium) enrichment for two years (2003 – 2005). What was the result? Nothing. Every day, they (the West) imposed an extra demand on top of their previous demands. Why must we repeat this experience?”  He said that Rouhani’s election could be a test of the goodwill for the Western countries. His moderate policy…provides an opportunity to the West and they should use it. Velayati, however, stressed that Rouhani’s government will adopt the same strategic line as the former government. “Repeating the same (blunt) tone that we had before, I don’t think it is useful. We have to talk with a different tone…the same purposes but a different language”. Regarding the possibility of direct Iran-US talks Velayati reiterated that such negotiations would not start unless the United States changed its behavior toward Iran.


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  • Published: 55 days ago on Wednesday, 21 August 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: August 21, 2013 @ 12:19 pm
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