Revolutionary Guards chief: Rouhani should have waited to talk to Obama

Jafari says it is US's turn to build trust and take practical measures like lifting sanctions.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 30, 2013 16:48
Mohammad Jafari

Mohammad Jafari 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer Iran)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani should have deferred talking to US President Barack Obama, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards told Iranian news agency Tasnim on Monday.

Rouhani and Obama spoke on Friday, shortly before the Iranian president left New York to return to Tehran after a four-day trip to attend the UN General Assembly.

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Mohammad Ali Jafari said that the phone conversation should have followed "practical changes in Washington's attitude towards Iran."

“Given the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran demonstrated its goodwill, especially by the stances and remarks made in the 68th session of the United Nations (General Assembly), now it is America’s turn to build trust with practical measures and prove its sincerity in practice," he said.

"The White House should lift sanctions against the Iranian nation, release Iran's frozen assets, drop hostility and plots against the Iranian nation and admit its right to peaceful nuclear technology to restore Iran's confidence," he continued.


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