IRAN - Jan. 25 - 'Talks Will Be Held If Washington Drops Pro-Israel Stance'.
State TV quotes Hassan Rowhani Hassan Rowhani (حسن روحانی) is an Iranian politician and cleric, and as of March 2007, a member of the Supreme National Security Council. , secretary of a top Iranian national
security body, as saying Iran will hold talks with the US only if
Washington stops backing Israel and drops policies hostile to the
Islamic republic An Islamic republic, in its modern context, has come to mean several different things, some contradictory to others. Theoretically, to many religious leaders, it is a state under a particular theocratic form of government advocated by some Muslim religious leaders in the Middle . Rowhani said: "America should
respect...Iran's national interests and stop threatening our
interests", adding: "America...should respect the rights of
Muslims, notably the Palestinian people For other uses of "Palestinian", see Definitions of Palestine and Palestinian.
Palestinian people (Arabic: الشعب الفلسطيني, , end its activities in the ME in
support of the Zionist regime [Israel] and return the sums it owes to
Iran, so that we can see some goodwill". On Jan. 24, FM Kharrazi
said a lack of equality and mutual respect was preventing formal talks
despite increased cultural and sports contacts between the 2 states.
(Previously hostile relations between Iran and the US thawed slightly
since moderate Pres. Khatami took office in 1997. Iranian officials his is a list of Iranian officials with their titles, last checked and updated on September 28, 2005. For a list of ministers suggested to the parliament by President Ahmadinejad, see the presidency section in Ahmadinejad's biography. have
said further improvement in relations depends on Washington ending
policies hostile to Iran and releasing Iranian assets frozen in the US.
The US has accused Tehran of backing terrorism in its opposition to the
ME peace process and has imposed trade sanctions Trade sanctions are trade penalties imposed by one or more countries on one or more other countries. Typically the sanctions take the form of import tariffs (duties), licensing schemes or other administrative hurdles. on Iran.)