• Mon / 7 January 2019 / 12:37
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 97101709036
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US sends message to negotiate with Iran: Shamkhani

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Tehran (ISNA) – Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran has three main policies: First, collective security by the regional states is the key solution to the sustainable development in the region, second, opposing change of borders and the division of countries and third, opposing presence of foreign forces in the region.

He made the remarks during the inaugural speech at the International seminar of "Peace, Stability and Sustainable Security in Light of Defense Cooperation" held in Tehran on Monday.

Shamkhani said, “Along with following these three policies, the providing security to the region will be only possible by serious fighting against terrorists, exchanging views and solidarity with the countries as well as social-cultural empowering of the region aiming at drying up the roots of terrorism in the region”.

About EU’s commitment to preserve Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and European financial mechanism known as the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Shamkhani said, “The time of Europeans in order to fulfill their commitments toward the JCPOA including the SPV is over”.

He pointed to Iran’s recent negotiations with Taliban on the Afghan-Afghan peace issues, dismissing the possibility of holding talks with ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

Shamkhani stressed, “Talks with Taliban will certainly never lead to talks with Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra”.

About military threats against Iran in 2019, the official said, “Given Iran’s deterrence power, no one can have the war or military options against Iran. They know that any little military action against our country will face with Iranian armed forces’ deterrence power”.

Shamkhani also rejected Washington’s claims that Tehran has called for talks with the US, saying, “Just the opposite, during my recent visit to Afghanistan, the Americans asked me twice for negotiations”.

According to him, the US has violated an alarming number of international norms and commitments, so far, "so there is no point in negotiating with them”.

Referring to the challenges in the region posed by extremist and Takfiri groups and their allies, he said the US has not played any positive role in the collapse of the ISIL in Syria.

The Americans have not fulfilled any of their obligations to ensure security in Afghanistan, Shamkhani said, adding that the current situation dictates nothing but the departure of the US from the region.

Noting that the US’ presence in Afghanistan has brought nothing to the region but insecurity, he said, the departure of the US troops will give Afghanistan the chance to strengthen its defense and military capabilities.

He further rejected US officials’ claims that Tehran has called for talks with Washington and said, “The Americans have asked me twice for negotiations.”

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