Khatami confirms talks with US, says no breakthrough achieved
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday differences between Tehran and Washington were "serious and huge" despite talks in Geneva between the two sides. "You know that differences between Iran and America are very deep-rooted and American policies are so that any agreement with that (country) is difficult," Khatami added.
He said the talks would continue. The U.S.-Iranian talks had been going on "for a year or two under the supervision of the United Nations," Khatami said.
Khatami said the talks did not signal a breakthrough in relations between the United States and Iran. "There is nothing new between us and the U.S. side. What is happening in Geneva has been going on for a year or two under the supervision of the United Nations, particularly when the Afghan issues were at their peak," he told a news conference.
"The talks occurred then, have been repeated several times and will be repeated. Regarding Iraq, we have spoken at times, but there is nothing new under the sun regarding these talks with the Americans. As you know, the disputes between Iran and America are serious and huge."
Khatami said "We have protested to America in connection with this terrorist Iranian group, based in Iraq" and that he hoped Washington would think twice about its decision. "America unfortunately reached agreements with this terrorist group after occupying Iraq but we hope that Washington will think more about that," he said.
"This group is among the biggest terrorist currents and American accord with the grouplet virtually reveals that country's attitude towards terrorism," Khatami added. (Albawaba.com)
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