Iran of­fi­cial calls for talks with ‘anti-Trump move­ments’

The Star Malaysia - - World -

TEHERAN: One of Iran’s top for­eign pol­icy of­fi­cials has called for ne­go­ti­a­tions with “anti-Trump move­ments” in the United States to dampen the im­pact of sanc­tions, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

“Amer­ica is not Trump,” said Hesh­ma­tol­lah Fala­hat-Pisheh, a con­ser­va­tive law­maker who heads par­lia­ment’s in­flu­en­tial na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy com­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to re­formist news­pa­per Ar­man.

“There is a new diplo­matic at­mo­sphere for de-es­ca­la­tion with Amer­ica and it is fit­ting that Iran fol­lows ne­go­ti­a­tion diplo­macy and lob­by­ing anti-Trump move­ments in Amer­ica,” he added.

He said this would help al­le­vi­ate pres­sure caused by Wash­ing­ton’s “ex­ten­sive sanc­tion-fo­cused force”.

The US pulled out of the 2015 Iran nu­clear deal in May and reim­posed pun­ish­ing sanc­tions on the coun­try, hop­ing to pres­sure Teheran into what Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump calls a “bet­ter deal”.

The US is due to com­plete the reim­po­si­tion of sanc­tions on Nov 5, tar­get­ing Iran’s oil sec­tor and cen­tral bank.

Supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei has dis­missed Trump’s of­fers to talk as “a dan­ger­ous game”.

But Me­hdi Mo­ta­har­nia, a Teheran-based po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst, de­scribed Fala­hat-Pisheh’s pro­posal as “very mean­ing­ful” since it sig­ni­fies a po­ten­tial shift in con­ser­va­tives’ stance on talk­ing with the United States.

“This comes from a con­ser­va­tive whose party mem­bers called (For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad) Javad Zarif a traitor for ne­go­ti­at­ing with the US,” Mo­ta­har­nia told re­formist daily Hamdeli.

“But now we do not see such re­ac­tions when the head of na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy com­mis­sion pro­poses talks,” he added.

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