Iran’s future approach toward U.S. depends on Obama’s policy: Larijani

December 2, 2008

TEHRAN -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Monday said that Iran’s future approach toward the United States will be a commensurate response to the foreign policy U.S. President-elect Barrack Obama adopts.

“There is no need for prejudgment” and it is wiser to wait and see whether Obama’s change motto is realized or was just rhetoric, Larijani added.
Asked about the possibility of Iran holding negotiations with the new U.S. administration, since Obama previously expressed an inclination toward dialogue, Larijani stated, “As this proposal has not been officially presented, no decision has been made yet. However, what Iran wants is peace and security in the region.”
Commenting on the U.S.-Iraq security pact, Larijani said he was pleased that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki made efforts to revise the pact.
------- Majlis studying letter from U.S. Congress on dialogue
Larijani also said that the letter sent by the U.S. Congress to the Majlis is being studied, IRNA reported.
“The letter from the members of the U.S. Congress is being studied, but we have not yet given any response because we need to know on which axis the talks are going to be held,” Larijani told reporters at a press conference here on Monday.
Larijani said that several letters sent by the members of the U.S. Congress have been received by the Majlis.
“Recently, too, a letter has been received from them in which they said, ‘We think the time has come to start bilateral talks,’” he added.
Asked about the Majlis bill calling for the construction of 20 nuclear power plants, Larijani said the country must build 20 nuclear power plants to meet its energy needs.
And that is why the Majlis is studying a proposal by the Iran Atomic Energy Organization to offer tenders for the construction of these nuclear power plants, he explained.
----------- Majlis trying to create economic prosperity
The Majlis speaker added that the administration’s budget is under Majlis supervision.
“It is not the parliament’s policy to pass inflationary bills and proposals.”
Larijani noted that the Majlis can never be undermined due to its position in Iran’s Constitution.
On the reports that Iran has a 300 billion rial (about $28.57 billion) national budget deficit, which has been blamed for the country’s high inflation, he said, “We do not confirm this figure.”
Fortunately, the Majlis devised the national budget in such a way that it would not be affected by fluctuations in the price of oil, he added.
The Majlis tries to create economic prosperity for the country and supports proposals that break down the barriers to investment in the country, he noted