Leader Says Iran Wants to Repair Relations With U.S.

But vows never to give up right to nuclear energy

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani takes questions from journalists during a news conference in New York City on Sept. 27, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he wants to rebuild diplomatic relations with Western powers, even as he insists the country will “never never give up our right to nuclear energy.”

Rouhani’s comments, in an op-ed in a German newspaper on Monday and accompanying Twitter messages on an account associated with him, came during a Christmas break in talks over Iran’s nuclear program.

“We want to rebuild and improve our relations to European and North American countries on a basis of mutual respect,” Rouhani wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Reuters reports. “We are striving to avoid new burdens on relations between Iran and the United States and also to remove the tensions that we have inherited.”

“We must now concentrate on the present and orientate ourselves towards the future,” read the messages on a closely followed Twitter account that has never been verified as belonging to Rouhani but has broken news of his policy positions and actions before. “We’ll never give up our right to #nuclear energy. But we’re working towards removing all doubts and answer all reasonable questions.”

Rouhani helped spearhead the landmark negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program. The temporary deal reached last month allows for crippling economic sanctions on Iran to be lifted and the country to halt its nuclear program for six months while negotiators try to hash out a more permanent agreement. Diplomats announced on Sunday that Geneva talks would be suspended until after Christmas.

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NaheedAnjum
NaheedAnjum

Dear fellows,

In my opinion,it s a high time for both countries to review their policies again for the global and regional peace.

mahmoodadvocate
mahmoodadvocate

Diplomatic relations between both countries should be started its not only good for Iran and America but also for the whole world because due to better relationships between both countries with off the tense situation and it will be really better for the Iran because Iran is already facing different kind of ban on itself

wish you good luck to both countries

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DennisRhode
DennisRhode

P.S

As far as my opinions below....I AM NOT SOME "WAR MONGER" as I'm sure some would think reading that. I am just saying what everyone SHOULD already know. The Somalis, Nigerians, Paks, etc etc...They are all just hanging out while new cells are growing in their backyard like a weed garden IN Santa Barbara. Point is, LET JSOC AND THE AGENCY DO THEIR JOBS...NO MORE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT next time we unleash our boys...and no more of this "we don't torture" crap. Jihadists already KNOW the minute they are zip-tied they are on their way to a nice warm cell now (as we've changed our stance on interrogations, and that after they get their PB&J sandwiches, warm cells, and their lawyers, they know they'll be released soon enough!). Time to toughen up again...Sorry guys, just callin' it as it is...Not how I see it, HOW IT IS. Look at the Swedes etc? They are just laughin, chillin in their rocking chairs, watching us trip over each other. 

Read more: Iran: HassanRouhani Says Country Wants to RepairRelations With U.STIME.com http://world.time.com/2013/12/23/leader-says-iran-wants-to-repair-relations-with-u-s/#ixzz2opQ69NnP

DennisRhode
DennisRhode

I would be ECSTATIC if we could be allies with Iran if they just didn't hang little girls from tow trucks because they claimed they were "raped by a taxi driver" (those of you who know the story I'm talking about know what i mean) in front of her family...


If there were just a few certain behavioral changes, as in not wanting to annihilate Israel, denying the Holocaust, and the constant sponsoring of terror groups worldwide, things would seriously drop a few notches in tension in a HEARTBEAT. The Iranian-Americans I know who used to serve in the IRGC (who now consult for private security firms to assist in exec protection) say that most Iranians love America, despite the flag burning you always see on TV.


If Iran could just do these things....we'd be fine with "a mutual respect"...although the nuclear question I'm still on the fence about. No one wants to nuke Iran like Iran wants to nuke Israel, so there's a valid point in everyone asking them to ditch their nuclear capabilities...I mean, really. They don't really need it. Hell, WE REALLY DONT NEED IT. The world without nukes would be a a f**king dream! If we got rid of chemical/bio weapons, nukes, and landmines, this world would be a paradise compared to how it is now. NO JOKE. Those items have cause so much pain and death it is nothing short of astounding...and hey, I'm a patriot, and even I AM willing to admit we shouldn't use landmines and nukes etc etc etc. We have plenty of defense measures I am pleased that are in our arsenal...hell, JSOC and our Special Operations shooters are enough to put any a**hole in the ground on any continent on this earth (no, i don't mean UBL...I mean ANYONE. If people only knew how many lives we save with JSOC doing what it does in the Philippines, Yemen, East Africa, etc, they would empty their wallets and give all they had to the courageous trigger pullers we have at our disposal who fearlessly rescue hostages, kill terror cells, and eliminate transnational criminal organizations worldwide. 


I am just so sad that Israel can't see our side on this, and i am even more sad that Obama is really screwing the pooch by hurting our allies there. Israel, despite being a little nutty and paranoid sometimes (no one's nuked em yet, am I correct? and its been talked about for decades! and not because Iran didn't have the bomb...hell you can buy one in Dagestan for like a cool million) are STILL our best friends and we shouldn't treat friends in such an embarrassing manner. 


BOTTOM LINE

A) Israel needs to cool its heels, while WE need to stop being such two-timers with Iran and Israel. We need to pick a side, while staying diplomatic, yet still wield a big stick so people get the picture that we will wreck your whole party if you mess with our friends. Look at the Aussies....they had no stake in Iraq or Afghanistan, yet they came running to assist when we went to war. That is how friends treat friends.

B) Obama's foreign policy (not to beat a dead horse) is just plain humiliating to watch. I am not a liberal/democrat OR a Republican...I am just me. YET I STILL THINK HE IS A TOTAL TOOL FOR PULLING SH*T LIKE THIS SOMETIMES (PARDON MY FRENCH). HE KNOWS THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!! Why can't he just look at things the way they ARE...not the way he'd LIKE THEM TO BE

and of course...

C) If it was up to me, we'd go to Chechnya, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan,certain parts of Pakistan (or at least, head towards certain groups inside Pakistan) and just SMOKECHECK these clowns hiding there. Same with Nigeria and Somalia and Mexico, since we're on the topic. We wanna end this war on terror? We wont....EVER...And its unfortunate, and I mean that...But you wanna get as close to winning as possible? Then go to these hotspots, and start quietly popping these cowardly terror cells hiding in these places.....And yes, I know in some of these places we already ARE DOING THIS...but not NEARLY enough. We should double our number of shooters and intel elements (CIA's SAD/SOG units, Delta, ST6/DEVGRU, and the ISA--read about THOSE guys...amazing what they've done alongside Delta and the SEALs). Then we unleash the dogs of war, close our eyes, and let 'em get busy on those they already KNOW need a night time visit. 

AjaxLessome
AjaxLessome

There is nothing wrong with Iran--except reported state-sponsored terrorism, manipulating other bodies like Syria to terrorism, and seeking nuclear weapons capability. Why is Iran a virtual closed society with citizens muzzled and not free to travel abroad and revolutionary guards killing citizens in media sight against citizen peaceful demonstrations--terrorism? With the world concerned about Syrian dictator Assad killing his own people demonstrating and fighting for freedom (like in Iran), where is Iran in the Geneva negotiations and publicly rebuking Assad or assisting refugees flooding instead into Jordan and Turkey--manipulator? And with so much oil in their ground as a big producer within OPEC why do they strive for nuclear power, the proximate excuse for ability to make weapons, or other renewable sources of power in a sun drenched land--WMDs?

RachelEliasiKohan1945
RachelEliasiKohan1945

The regime in Iran, despite its pompous rhetoric of the past 35 years, has miserably failed the aspiration of the 80 million Iranians as they have yearned for freedom, open society, rule of law, transparency, accountability, socio-economic and political reformation, and civil, constitutional and human rights. The IRI has also engaged in proxy activities in the region that are far from international norms.  by the same token, the US/western unilateral overt military and covert intervention in Iran and the neighboring countries has only yield in misery for the locals, bolstering totalitarianism, and humongous human and financial costs for the US/West.

The above notwithstanding, and making a universally accepted commitment to move forward, the legitimate rights of Iran for peaceful nuclear development, and as verified through IAEA/NPT inspections, should only be allowed if and when Iran also makes the genuine commitment to allow the above set of longing criteria  be fulfilled. 


And last, Iran the only major Shiite ruled nation, and Israel the only Jewish state have since antiquity, cultural and strategic ties. as Thomas Freidman in a recent interview the Charlie Rose stated, "had the Jews continues living in Iran as a major citizen group, we would have at minimum has six million additional human beings still living amongst us."

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

Iran is defiant and even proposes counter measures to Senate's proposed new sanctions. Obama was bent upon making a deal with Iran even during his first term itself. He even volunteered to have a video conference with Ahmadinejad. Obama's plan is to reduce the role of Israel in the Middle East by creating Palestine State and to free Iran from all hurdles so that it would checkmate Israel. There is no guarantee that Iran will not be caught making bombs after striking a deal to freeze its nuclear program. Rice repeatedly uses the vague term, 'If Iran is caught making bombs, 'if they violate the deal,' and the United States does not want Iran to be "in a position to race towards a bomb undetected." and from these uncertain words, it is clear that there is no guarantee that Iran will honor the deal. Rice's repeated usage of the word 'if' is quite intriguing and the vague speculation 'we will reimpose sanctions,' is only to satisfy Israel and some Senators without any practical utility.

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Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the "Freedom Party" (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin's political record and perspectives, could add their
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FeebWillis
FeebWillis

China for instance is heavily investing in Thorium instead of Uranium or Plutonium for fission energy.  It is less dangerous on multiple levels.  A US Lab, Oak Ridge, is collaborating with the Chinese.  If the Iranians are serious about "nuclear power" and not weapons, we should offer them all the technology on thorium available as long as they give up on Uranium and Plutonium.  If they don't take the offer, may the bombing begin.....

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Wonderful.  But, first things first.  Stick to the nuclear agreement you just signed on to and let's have this discussion in 6 months.

shellydanto
shellydanto

These are all great words but they need to be tested by Iran Actions.  They need to stop their nuclear programs to prove they are sincere. Today these are just a bunch of words from people who have demonstrated they cannot be trusted.  End the nuclear program, demonstrate you are really committed to peace and some day in the future where you have demonstrated that you are trust worthy, the topic can then be revisited.  But for now, I would not trust any words you speak. 

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

Bravo Rouhani. Play to your strength. The US can ill afford to take on Iran, when the priority has shifted to Asia. The Middle East is a mess and having Iran's support can only help. A rapproachement with Iran will provide a reliable ally, unlike Saudi Arabia

Karl
Karl

If Iran wants "to be with" the USA, I know another party, already "with" the USA,  Israel, that is not used to playing the woman scorned. I smell a Lifetime movie about a love triangle that leads to murder.

JohnWV
JohnWV

Israel has made itself into a militant supremacist theocracy/ethnocracy with ICBM nukes; a very real and rapidly increasing threat to itself and to the whole world. A pariah among nations. Justice demands that UN and NATO impose resolution just as involuntary, disruptive and humiliating to Israel as Israel has wreaked upon occupied Palestine for generations. The Jewish State must be made to recognize an armed Palestine with externally enforced autonomy, eviction of all settlers, true contiguity encompassing Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem together, neither pinched nor parceled, and pay punitive reparations.

JohnWV
JohnWV

As a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty, Iran accepts continuing IAEA inspection and has an internationally recognized right to develop and implement nuclear technology. Having rejected both IAEA inspection and the NPT, Israel has no such right. Yet the Jewish State has hundreds of nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. American foreign policy must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state's paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and racist empire in and beyond the Mideast.

seyed1954
seyed1954

@FeebWillis Dream on you .We should offer the  same strategy to Nazi ,Apartheid , delusional terrorist state of Israel.

sxs0214
sxs0214

@Karl  Here is the difference between Iran and Israel "being with the USA,"

Being with Iran, will help the US resolve may issues and conflicts in the region and beyond.

Being with Israel, has not resolved a single issue on the contrary fueled the conflicts.

Being with Iran, The US will never be asked to attack or invade another country.

Being with Israel, the US is constantly  pressured to invade or attack or threaten others

Being with Iran: the US will not spend a dime from the tax payers money to support Iran, on the contrary may even ask Iran for a loan!

Being with Israel, the US tax payer cuff up 3.6 billion dollars in aids to support their military machine

Being with Iran, will open up new investment opportunities for the US investors in mass scale(Iranians love US made products) Iran has 75 million people. There are more people living in Tehran than the entire Israel.

Being with Israel has no economic advantages to the US and if there is any it is vey insignificant

Being with Iran, will assure zero threat either nuclear or otherwise

Being with Israel, has created a permanent nuclear conflict due to that regime's arsenal of nukes

Being with Iran will ensure stable oil prices therefore reduced gas prices at the pumps for the US citizens

Being with Israel, has always contributed to oil price hikes due to threats of war and constant political conflicts in the region.

Which one with you choose to be with? Iran or Israel?

RSPW_DEP
RSPW_DEP

@sxs0214@Karl Of course Iran also took our diplomats hostage and tortured them for over a year once.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@sxs0214

The problem with Iran is that this theocracy is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.  How can we as a nation ally ourselves to such a nation?  We can't.

RSPW_DEP
RSPW_DEP

@sxs0214@Realworldnonfantasyland I have an idea, on occupying land. Go to Russia and tell them to give Prussia back to Germany, then go to Turkey and ask them to give Armenians some of their land back. See how that goes then get back to us.

sxs0214
sxs0214

@Realworldnonfantasyland @sxs0214  What a bout the one that has occupied another nation's land for over 60 years and forces them out of  their lands daily? what about another one that has no not contributed an iota to the world in any form and shape yet 911 perpetrators came from there, where there is no elections, no freedom, and creators of the Taliban? Why is that the US befriends the dictatorships and occupiers around the world and yet illegally sanctions people who really love America? However my question was about "to be with" Iran or Israel and friendship with which will best serve the US interests economically, politically, and globally? Very simple.