US State Department: Washington hopeful Iran's president serious about nuclear talks

Iran Materials 19 September 2013 08:00 (UTC +04:00)
The United States is hopeful to see Iran's new government serious in nuclear talks.
US State Department: Washington hopeful Iran's president serious about nuclear talks

Azerbaijan, Baku, September 18 /Trend, D.Khatinoglu, N. Umid/

The United States is hopeful to see Iran's new government serious in nuclear talks.

"If Iran cooperates with the international community on the nuclear issue, international sanctions against Iran would be gradually eased and finally rescinded", U.S. State Department's Persian-speaking spokesman Alan Eyre told Trend on September 18.

Eyre said that sanctions are tolls, not goals.

Commenting on the current economic problems of Iran due to western sanctions he said that by cooperating with the international community, Iran's economy would benefit from reunion with the global economy and the economic problems of the country would be solved.

He went on to note that the sanctions against Iran are aimed at forcing the country to change the strategic calculations on its nuclear programme.

Iran's economy contracted by 5.4 percent last solar year, ended on March 20, and is estimated to contract 1.3 percent more during the current Iranian solar year.

Iran's oil export has decreased from 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) to below one mbp since 2011 and inflation rate has reached 39.9 percent.

Exchange of letters between Iran and the United States

Responding to a question about the officially confirmed letter exchange between Rouhani and Obama, Eyre said that the U.S. hopes that newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would be serious about cooperation on the nuclear issue for removing the international community's concerns, but "we don't want to reveal the details of those letters".

"We don't talk about the contents of the diplomatic correspondence, especially the letters to the President," he added.

He also argued that the US is ready to cooperate with Rouhani`s administration on achieving a peaceful solution for Iran's nuclear issue based on mutual respect.

Obama said on Sept.15 during an interview with ABC that he has exchanged letters with Rouhani, without revealing the details.

On September 17, spokeswoman of Iran's Foreign Ministry Marzieh Afkham confirmed that the Iranian and U.S. Presidents, Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama have exchanged letters, adding that the content of them was Obama's congratulations to Rouhani due to his victory in Iran's presidential election.

Syrian issue

In response to a question about Iran's claim that Tehran had informed the U.S. about smuggling chemical weapons by rebels to Syria nine months before chemical bombs were used in this country on August 21, Eyre said that according to the undeniable documents, the Syrian regime was behind the chemical attack in Damascus suburbs, adding that, this fact is not deniable and has been confirmed.

Previously, the Christian Science Monitor alleged that in Iran's letter acquired by them sent sometime in the spring, Iran told American officials that as a "supporter" of the rebels, the US would be held responsible for any rebel use of chemical weapons.

According to leaked diplomatic correspondence, Iran has been warning Washington since July 2012 that Sunni rebel fighters acquired chemical weapons and called on the US to send "an immediate and serious warning" to rebel groups not to use them.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Iran had sent an official memo to the United States through the Swiss Embassy in Tehran which serves as the US interests section in Iran last December, in which Washington had been forewarned that "handmade articles of chemical weapons, including sarin gas are being moved into Syria."

The United Nation's inspectors have submitted their report, conforming chemical strike in Syria.

The US, UK and France blamed Bashar Assad regime, saying technical details showed only the regime could have been responsible for the 21 August attack.