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Irreconcilable Differences: Iran Sees Dialogue With US as 'Waste of Time'

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Tehran believes that given Washington's unwillingness to compromise, further talks with the United States would make no sense, according to the Iranian Middle East expert Fouad Izadi.

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In an interview with Sputnik, Fouad Izadi, a prominent Iranian expert on the Middle East said that further talks with Washington would be a "waste of time" given the White House's unwillingness to make concessions and show flexibility during the negotiating process.

He recalled that any negotiations should entail the parties' attempts to finally arrive at a consensus.

"The US government has repeatedly tried to impose its own interests without considering our position. Therefore, Iran feels that its dialogue with Washington on any issue will be meaningless and useless. It's a waste of time," Izadi said.

He added that relations between Iran and the United States will depend on how Washington acts in the future as far as its policy on Tehran is concerned.

"If the Americans tighten the problem of the Iranian nuclear dossier by slapping or extending sanctions, or follow its previous policy, aimed at toppling the Islamic Republic's current regime, the US-Iranian ties will certainly come to a standstill," Izadi said.

In this context, he noted that currently, there is no indication that Washington's foreign policy line will change in the immediate future.

Izadi was echoed by Iranian lawmaker Hossein Sheikholeslam, who expressed alarm over Washington's failure to deliver on its promises within the framework of the P5+1 talks.

"Future contacts between Iran and the US… will depend on how a joint comprehensive action plan on the Iranian nuclear program is fulfilled. If the Americans stick to their commitments, Iran will negotiate with them. As for the other regional political issues, we do not need to conduct a dialogue with Washington," Sheikholeslam told Sputnik.

The two men's remarks came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, commenting on the lifting of sanctions against Tehran, said that his country is not going to restore full-fledged economic relations with the United States.

Late on Sunday, the United Nation's nuclear watchdog verified Iran's compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The confirmation led to the immediate lifting of UN and EU sanctions, as well as partial sanctions relief by the United States.

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  • michael
    an independent country. good to see.
  • arnelmadrinan
    nation supporting US ia Puppet , a dog
  • Mikhas
    Being a 7000 year old civilization, Persia/Iran know the meaning of patience. The mere 200 year old settler state build on stolen land upon the bones of 50 million genocided native Indians, finally had to cave in and collapse from it´s own sanctions.

    From here on, Iran is ready to take it´s rightful place as a regional super power and as a powerful bric in the BRICS. The gnashing of teeth in occupied Palestine is quite audible.....
  • aggttc
    US is a fascist state - a bully and a liar so no point negotiating with such a state. Iran needs to be vigilance and make sure not to fall into the fascist's trap
  • Magenta61
    The USA has acted as a child throughout these talks. They are laughable.
  • kasivasantha
    Cobra is good looking but cannot be trusted.You have to keep the safe distance.Long live the independent IRAN.
  • Porkbelly Porkerpig
    Bring back the Shah.
  • Lambrecht Albert van Marionin reply toMikhas (Show commentHide comment)
    Mikhas, there are no powerful BRICS these days
  • Bravo! Do not like the Iranians but bravo.
  • dewatergeus
    Good to hear there is still an independent, and intelligent as well, country in the world who says how it stands with The Hegemony.
    You give us hope, Theran!
  • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toMikhas (Show commentHide comment)
    Mikhas, US foreign policy towards Iran is made in Tel Aviv and by the oil companies and that's all there is to it. Israel wants Iran destroyed because they stand it the way of Eretz Israel and the oil companies want Iranian oil without having to pay for it.
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