U.S. Congress ready for talks with Iran

July 19, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN - U.S. congressmen have expressed interest in engaging in talks with Iran, Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi announced after a meeting with the Swiss ambassador to Tehran on Sunday.

Boroujerdi, who is the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made the remarks in an interview with the Mehr News Agency.
Boroujerdi said Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti told him that during her recent visit to the United States, congressmen sitting on the House Foreign Policy Committee expressed interest in holding talks with Iran.
He added, “Of course I told the Swiss ambassador that the U.S. helps terrorists, and caused the Zahedan incident, and imposes sanctions that go beyond resolutions, so how does it expect to hold talks?”
The MP also said he insisted that the Americans should change their approach because if they do so, “they will (also) see a change” on the Iranian side.
“I insisted to the Swiss ambassador that the Americans must change their approach, and if they change, they will see change.”
Asked if there are any new interactions between the two countries, he said, “I do not think any new change in Iran-U.S. relations has occurred.”
Iran and the United States do not have diplomatic relations and the Swiss Embassy in Tehran hosts the U.S. Interests Section in Iran.
Iran and the U.S. are currently entangled in a serious conflict over Tehran’s nuclear program. The United States claims that Iran may divert its nuclear program to a weapons program, an argument vehemently rejected by Iran.
As a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has a legitimate right to develop and gain access to nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.
Iran’s nuclear activities are continually monitored by cameras installed by the International Atomic Energy Agency. IAEA inspectors also make regularly scheduled and surprise visits to Iran’s nuclear facilities.