Iran said that it was “cautiously optimistic” about future relations with Washington, given the moves of the new U.S. administration, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on March 21st.
Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian, head of Iran’s delegation to the U.N., was quoted as saying that: “Despite the [recent] U.S. move to renew sanctions, Iran views with cautious optimism comments in Washington about the need to review U.S. policy toward Iran.”
He added that: “Iran closely follows any development under the new administration in Washington.”
Nejad-Hosseinian’s comments came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said that Iran was the “subject of a review” by the U.S. Powell said that: “We are studying Iran in considerable depth. We will continue to watch developments closely and hopefully.”
Although Powell has said that Washington would work to improve ties with Tehran, any hope of a quick reconciliation was dashed last week when U.S. President George W. Bush renewed a ban on trade and investment with Iran.
Nejad-Hosseinian said that: “Bush’s extension of the policy of the previous U.S. administration was disappointing. This shows the U.S. lacks the good will toward Iran.”
He also called for “constructive changes” in Washington’s attitude toward Tehran in order to “end hostilities and pave the way for normal ties.”
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