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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
‘Election gives U.S. opportunity to revise Iran policy’
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN – As the United States prepares to elect a new president today, some Iranian analysts believe that the transfer of power will give Washington an opportunity to revise its policy and review its approach toward Iran.
“In the new situation, where the U.S. is facing a change in leadership, a new opportunity has been provided to U.S. officials” to revise their approach toward Iran, Hossein Alai told the Mehr News Agency.
Alai said the U.S. has viewed Iran as a “problem”, which is the root cause of all current crises between the two countries.
If the new U.S. leadership changes this view and accepts Iran as a strategically and politically important country, then there will be a prospect for establishing Tehran-Washington dialogue, the former IRGC official noted.
Yadollah Eslami, a former lawmaker close to the reformist faction, says the U.S. and Iran can normalize relations by building upon their “national interests” in an “equal” partnership.
Eslami said many countries have played the “Iran card” in their dealings with the United States and received “many concessions from each side.”
He went on to say that this situation “will not benefit either side and needs to be revised.”
“I personally believe that Iran and the U.S. should enter fair negotiations, taking their national interests into consideration.”
The former lawmaker argued that Iran has “paid dearly” for the fact that it has no relations with the U.S.
He praised President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for writing a letter to the U.S. president and criticized the U.S. side for not paying attention to the “signal” sent by Tehran.
“Surely… the two sides should back down from their previous positions in certain cases because in such a situation it is unreasonable to expect the other side to act unilaterally.”
However, Hamidreza Taraqi of the Islamic Coalition Party is of the opinion that both the Democrats and the Republicans are following policies set by a decision-making body which itself is “under the influence of Zionists” and says therefore it is very unlikely that “with a change of president a major change will occur in their policies.”
But Taraqi added that the U.S. failures in recent years have made a change in U.S. behavior a necessity