U.S. Department of State Persian Spokesperson’s first interview with an Iranian news agency

Iran Materials 2 July 2013 17:34 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jul.2/ Trend F.Karimov/

Alan Eyre, U.S. Department of State Persian Spokesperson, in an exclusive interview with the Fars News Agency, called the Iranian government to pay more attention to demands of people and to seize the opportunity to guarantee a better future for the Iranian nation.

The U.S. government is ready to start talks with Iran based on mutual respect. As Mr. Obama has repeatedly said, U.S. is ready to hold talks with Iran, either in the frame of the P5+1 group or face-to-face.

He referred to the recent presidential elections in Iran as another sign of the will of the Iranian nation to form its future and define its destiny, adding that the U.S. government respects all the people who went to the polls and cast their votes. He expressed the hope that the Iranian government would heed demands of people and build a better future for all Iranians.

"President-elect Mr. Rohani pledged to promote individual freedom among Iranians. We hope he would meet his promises," Eyre said.
Moreover, we hoped that concerns of the global community about Iran's nuclear program would be removed to help lift international sanctions, he added.

Regarding Iran's nuclear standoff, he said that the best solution to resolve the issue is diplomacy. We recommend Iran to pursue the talks seriously, so that a comprehensive diplomatic solution will be found which recognizes Iran's right to use peaceful nuclear energy, as a member of the NPT, and removes concerns of the world about Iran's atomic program.

He called results of the recent elections in Iran as "potential promising", adding that the U.S. government knows that the one who takes the final decision on strategic issues, such as the nuclear program, is the Supreme Leader.

Referring to a lifting of sanctions on the selling of computer components, he said that the U.S. issued a general permission for exporting computer hardware and software to Iran to assure them that they can be in contact with each other and the with the world confidently. This is a part of the U.S. government's policy to support Iranian people and to ensure their basic rights, Eyre said.