90 Miles From Tyranny : Iran Very Happy With Obama Administration Willingness To Comply With Iranian Nuclear Demands...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Iran Very Happy With Obama Administration Willingness To Comply With Iranian Nuclear Demands...

John Kerry shakes hands with Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva. Photograph: Rick Wilking/REUTERS
The Iranian government has acknowledged that the US is genuinely willing to reach a comprehensive agreement with Tehran, in an unusual assessment of the progress of the ongoing nuclear talks.

It comes after Barack Obama threatened to veto any new sanctions bill that the congress may impose on Tehran, and as Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was strongly criticised at home for taking a stroll with his American counterpart.


The Iranian government’s spokesman, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, who is a close ally of the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, told reporters on Wednesday that Tehran viewed the US administration as determined to end the nuclear standoff with Iran.

“We are seeking the Iranian people’s rights in the nuclear negotiations and our assessment show that they, especially the Americans, have the will to reach an agreement with Iran,” he said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Nobakht’s comments were rare remarks reflecting Tehran’s view of where the other side stands in the nuclear talks.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Obama said new sanctions by the US congress will only jeopardise the chance to peacefully end the nuclear stalemate with Tehran through diplomacy.

“Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that...
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