Analyst: Iran’s Behavior Litmus Test for US Sincerity

Analyst: Iran’s Behavior Litmus Test for US Sincerity

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s mild tone and its new attitude towards interaction with the West have put the onus on the White House to prove its sincerity, said a political analyst and former diplomat.

He said that the West had in its anti-Iranian psychological campaign created the idea in world public opinion that the US confrontational policies and sanction against Iran were entirely due to the hardline stands of Tehran.

“In that visit a rare event in international relations occurred, because if a country wishes to have a meeting with the US president it needs to negotiate for a long time and even give some concession to do so, but the reverse happened this time as the US president asked for a meeting with (President) Rouhani,” Iran’s former ambassador to Mexico and Australia Mohammad Hassan Qadiri Abyaneh told Tasnim on Monday.

But the mild language and a shift in approach of Iran's president did not convince the US toany of its tough sanctions on Iran, rather it is pressing ahead with more stringent ones, said Qadiri Abyaneh who predicts that “The US behaviors will show in the near future that this country's antagonist stands against Iran are all due to its expansionist and hegemonic attitudes, and not the mild or harsh tone of Iranian officials."

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeq Amoli Larijani, too, had on September 25 described President Rouhani’s recent remarks at the United Nations General Assembly as “graceful and logical,"  adding that it’s now Washington’s turn to drop hostility and turn words into action.

“Indeed, this is the Iranian nation which awaits sincere behavior from the Americans and westerners,” Ayatollah Larijani said in a gathering of senior judicial authorities here in Tehran on Wednesday, and added that the White House should prove in practice it is committed to its word and drop “hostile and contradictory behavior” towards Iranians.

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Rouhani said the Iranian nation was ready for cooperation with the international community and all rational players based on equal footing and mutual respect.

In his hotly anticipated address at the United Nations, Iran's president offered immediate negotiations aimed at removing any reasonable concerns over his country's nuclear program.


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