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Supreme National Security Council should decide about Iran-U.S. nuclear talks: MP
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep4b(1).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said that the decision about holding direct talks with the United States over Tehran’s nuclear program rests with Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.  
Boroujerdi made the remarks in an interview with the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday in reply to a question about the fact that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday welcomed U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s offer of bilateral talks with Iran.   
“Decision-making about holding direct talks with the United States in the nuclear field rests with the Supreme National Security Council. And of course the Islamic Republic of Iran will make decisions in this regard based on national interests,” said Boroujerdi, who is the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee. 
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has so far held thematic discussions with the Americans in various areas, such as the crisis in Iraq, but this is different than general negotiations in the area of bilateral relations,” he added.   
He also said that U.S. officials had never been honest in their remarks, adding, “One of the reasons why the Islamic Republic has never welcomed the proposal for direct talks with the Americans is their dishonesty.” 
Boroujerdi added, “The U.S. Congress is seeking more sanctions while the U.S. vice president has made a proposal for direct talks with Iran. These two approaches do not match each other, and this shows that the Americans’ remarks” lack honesty which can help build confidence. 

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