Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marziyeh Afkham says Tehran expects
Washington to adopt a realistic and respectful approach toward the
the US government to deal with Iran based on a realistic policy and
talk to the great Iranian nation with [a language of] respect,” Afkham
said during her weekly press conference in the Iranian capital on
She made the remark in response to a question about US President Barack
Obama’s recent comment repeating the threat of military force against
Obama said in a Monday meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu in Washington that the United States would not take any
options, “including military option,” off the table in its dealings with
The American president’s comments came despite recently improved
prospects for Iran and the US to settle the Western dispute over the
Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
In the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president
since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979, President Hassan Rouhani of
Iran held a telephone conversation with Obama on September 27 shortly
before leaving New York.
During their telephone conversation, Obama and Rouhani stressed Tehran
and Washington’s political will to swiftly resolve the dispute over
Iran’s nuclear energy program, which the United States, Israel and some
of their allies falsely claim to include non-civilian components.
However, in his meeting with Netanyahu, Obama said Washington will
enter negotiations with Tehran with a “clear eye” and emphasized that it
will be in “close consultation” with Israel and other friends and
allies in the region during the process.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stated, “In our viewpoint, the
United States is today facing a major test and it remains to be seen
how far it will resist the pressure of war mongers.”
Afkham added that the possibility of Iran’s constructive interaction
with the United States will be considered if Washington resists
pressures from the war mongers.
The Iranian official added that the Tel Aviv regime will continue
pressuring the US due to Israel’s growing isolation and its anger over
the fact that the Iranian administration’s policies have been welcomed
at the international level.
Following the landmark conversation between Rouhani and Obama,
Netanyahu called on Washington and the international community to
increase pressure on Iran.
Israeli claims about alleged spy
Afkham further rejected the Israeli regime’s recent claims about an
Iranian-Belgian national spying on Israel for the Islamic Republic and
said, “What is certain is that such scenarios and desperate efforts by
the Zionist regime (Israel) are made out of outrage.”
“We saw that media and analysts in different parts of the world
regarded the concurrence of [Israel’s] announcement of the arrest of a
spy with the trip of the Zionist regime’s prime minister (Benjamin
Netanyahu) to the US as a kind of plan to exit isolation,” she said.
Bahraini FM comments on Hezbollah leader
Reacting to recently reported remarks attributed to Bahraini Foreign
Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa about Hezbollah
Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, Afkham described the comments
as “very surprising” if they have been “accurately published.”
“Such statements constitute a kind of convergence in discourse with the
Zionist regime and their utterance by an authority of a Muslim country
about a well-known Lebanese official, who is supported by Muslims and
regional countries, is a form of spreading state terrorism,” she said,
urging the reaction of Bahraini officials to the reports.
She also responded to a question regarding a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) signed by Iran and Argentina to probe the bombing at
the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in 1994.
Afkham pointed to the meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif and his Argentinean counterpart Hector Timerman on the
sidelines of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York
and said the two sides have agreed to hold a meeting in Geneva in
October in an effort to put the MoU into practice.