Iran should pursue 'heroic leniency' with West in nuclear talks

Published September 18th, 2013 - 06:43 GMT
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pushed for 'leniency' in Iran's dealings with the US. (AFP/File)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pushed for 'leniency' in Iran's dealings with the US. (AFP/File)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Iran should pursue “heroic leniency” with the West over its nuclear program, adding that flexibility is needed in international relations.

Khamenei made his call during a meeting with Revolutionary Guards commanders. “I do not oppose the right diplomatic steps,” he added.

"A wrestler who has to show flexibility sometimes should not forget his main objective," the supreme leader said.

Khamaeni’s statement came a month after reformist leader President Hassan Rouhani was elected as president. After his election, Rouhani pledged to pursue a flexible approach with the West.

On Monday former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators Hossein Mousavian wrote in an opinion published by the Jordan Times that Khamenei has given the green light for President Rouhani to engage in direct talks with the United States.

Mousavian was discussing how a US attack on Syria would have delayed the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued permission for President Hassan Rouhani’s new administration to enter into direct talks with the US. No better opportunity to end decades of bilateral hostility is likely to come along,” Mousavian wrote.

“In these circumstances, a US attack on Syria would almost certainly dash any hope of a US-Iran rapprochement for years to come,” he added.


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