'Iran SNSC authority on talks with US'
A top Iranian lawmaker says the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) is the authority to decide on any negotiations with the United States, PressTv reported
The final decisions of the SNSC should meet the approval of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to become executable, ISNA quoted Chairman of Iran's parliamentary (Majlis) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi as saying on Friday.
According to the Iranian official, the United States does not have a clean slate in its dealings with Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
"The latest US sanctions are amongst their anti-Iran measures," Boroujerdi noted.
The lawmaker further explained that Iran has on its agenda discussions with the Vienna Group of which the US is a member, but having direct talks is a separate matter.
Boroujerdi's remarks come after the US President Barack Obama said Thursday that the US seeks a peaceful, negotiated solution to Iran's nuclear issue.
This comes as Washington earlier rejected a call from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for face-to-face talks with his US counterpart Obama.
The West has depicted Iran's nuclear enrichment program as a threat despite assurances of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the non-diversionary nature of Iran's nuclear activities.
The IAEA has in its different reports failed to produce evidence to support the allegations that the Islamic Republic is pursuing a military nuclear program.