Iranian FM: Tehran willing to build trust with US on peaceful nuclear program

September 15, 2013 23:44
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif said Sunday that Tehran was "prepared to build trust with the US government on the issue of the Iranian nuclear program which serves peaceful purposes."

Speaking in an interview with Al-Mayadeen, a Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese television station, Zarif said that he had agreed to a request by British Foreign Minister William Hague to meet him.

"We look forward to achieving equal relations with our neighbors," Zarif said, adding that Iran wants the US "to display an honest desire for peace and to cease using the language of threat. Unfortunately, there is currently a mutual mistrust between us and the Americans."

Earlier on Sunday, US President Barack Obama said in an interview with ABC News that Tehran "shouldn’t draw a lesson that, we haven’t struck [Syria], to think we won’t strike Iran." Obama added that "what they should draw from this lesson is that there is the potential of resolving these issues diplomatically."

Zarif said that "the call for war is a terrible crime, which does not serve the interests of our friends in the region, nor does it serve the US. A decision about the future of Syria must be determined by the Syrian people, and by those who shed tears in front of the television cameras for support of a peaceful solution in Syria."

The Iranian foreign minister said that calls by Arab nations for military intervention in Syria were "not wise." He stated that "calls for extremism will hurt first and foremost those who advocate such  path."

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