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Iran calls for ‘respect rather than sanctions’
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TEHRAN – An Iranian official has urged the major powers to address Iran with respect rather than sanctions, as negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program are underway between the two sides.

The head of the press office of the Iranian Mission to the United Nations, Hamid Babaei, made the remarks in a letter published by the New York Times on Tuesday in response to an Op-Ed essay critical of Iran published by the same newspaper on February 21.   
The article, written by the president and the chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), called for more “economic and diplomatic pressure on the Iranian government” to achieve what it claimed to be the “peaceful dismantling of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”

Following is the text of the letter entitled “Respect rather than sanctions:”

The writers claim that they are not advocating further conflict with the Islamic Republic while spreading unfounded accusations of deception and intransigence against Iran and its officials.

Let’s try to develop new approaches to thinking about Iran.

If a meaningful and adequate response is expected from Iran, the language of respect rather than sanctions and threats will work. Iran is the harbor of peace and stability in this tumultuous region. The writers’ arguments may add more joy to the annual gathering of their organization, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, but in practice will not change the realities.

While negotiations for reaching a comprehensive deal between the P5-plus-1 countries (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany) and Iran are underway, it’s reasonable to refrain from hyperbole to make the world safer for all.

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Last Updated on 26 February 2014 16:23