A top advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says halting uranium enrichment failed to yield result in the past and Tehran should not repeat such experiences, Press TV reported.
"We stopped any kind of enrichment for two years. What was the result? Nothing. Every day they used to put an extra claim on their former claims. Why must we repeat this experience?" Ali Akbar Velayati said in an exclusive interview with AP on Monday.
He said the election of President Hassan Rouhani could be a test of the goodwill of Western countries. Rouhani's moderate policy, which sticks to the principles, gives an opportunity to the West and they should use it, he added.
Velayati, however, stressed that the Rouhani administration will follow the same trend strategically as the former administration.
"Repeating the same language that we had before, I don't think it is useful. We have to talk with a different language. The same purposes but a different language," he stated.
Velayati also touched on the likelihood of direct Tehran-Washington talks in the future, saying such negotiations would not start unless the United States changed its behavior toward Iran.
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