Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 23 / Trend, S. Isayev, T. Jafarov
President Hassan Rouhani is under pressure from extremist conservatives, Iranian MP, spokesman of parliament's Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, Hossein Naqavi Hossein said, ILNA reported.
"Rouhani's government should pursue such foreign policy so that it wouldn't get damaged by conservatives," he noted.
Reuters reported on Sept. 22 that Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has warned of the dangers of dealing with U.S. officials, ahead of expected diplomatic contacts, underlining the internal challenges President Hassan Rouhani could face to improve ties with the West.
"Historical experiences make it necessary for the diplomatic apparatus of our country to carefully and skeptically monitor the behavior of White House officials so that the righteous demands of our nation are recognized and respected by those who favor interaction," an IRGC statement said.
Hassan Rouhani has today departed for New York to participate in the UN General Assembly meeting, and try to set the right tone for further nuclear talks with world powers which he hopes will bring relief from sanctions, according to diplomats and analysts.
Hours before leaving for New York on Sunday, the new Iranian president said that Tehran was ready for negotiations with Western powers provided they set no pre-conditions. He also said the world needed to accept Iran's right to enrich uranium.
The IRGC statement, published by Iran's Tasnim news agency on Saturday and marking the 33rd anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war, came days after Khamenei and Rouhani told the security hardliners to stay out of politics, in effect instructing them not to scupper the new centrist government's attempt to resolve the nuclear dispute.
The United States and its allies have imposed tough economic sanctions on Iran over suspicions Tehran intends to develop a nuclear capability. Iran says the program is purely peaceful.
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