Iranian FM Spokeswoman: Obama remarks unrealistic, unconstructive
Iranian Foreign Ministry has dismissed remarks made by US President Barack Obama concerning Iran and the region as "unrealistic and unconstructive," Iran`s Press TV reported on Jan. 30.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Jan. 29 that Obama's comments on Iran's nuclear activities show his incorrect understanding of Tehran's commitment to the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.
She added that the US "illusion" about the effect of its anti-Iran sanctions on Iran's motivation and willingness to engage in nuclear talks is based on a false understanding of Tehran's commitment to dispel any doubts about the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.
Afkham was referring to the comments Obama made during his fifth State of the Union address before US Congress on Tuesday night.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also emphasized that highlighting the effects of anti-Iran sanctions was the result of a "totally incorrect interpretation of Iran's willingness to create a new opportunity for Western countries to forge a different kind of relations with Iranian people and try to win the confidence of this great nation.
She dismissed Washington's accusation about Iran nuclear energy program having a military aspect, saying that Tehran has never sought nuclear weapons.
Afkham stressed Iran's commitment to the interim nuclear deal signed between Iran and the six world powers in Geneva in November 2013, calling on the US not to forget its obligations under the agreement.
The Iranian official also criticized Obama for labeling Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah as a terrorist group while the White House has been turning a blind eye to the crimes of foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the region.