Obama: the US may engage Iran after Tehran abandons its nuclear weapon's program

30 december 2014 | 15:55

Obama declared that he understands needs of the Iranian people, while condemns the Iranian government's violation of the international law.

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The US may engage Iran after it stops being the rogue regime, abandons its nuclear weapon's program and sponsoring terrorism.

The US president announced about that during the interview with National Public Radio (NPR) on 29, December while answering the question about whether the US may open its embassy in Tehran as it is currently done with Cuba.

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"I never say never, but I think these things have to go in steps. You know, Cuba is a… relatively tiny country that doesn't pose any significant threat to us or our allies?" Tehran is a large, sophisticated country that has a track record of state-sponsored terrorism, that we know was attempting…to develop a nuclear weapon and engaged in disruptions to our allies. …If we can get a deal on making sure that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon,… they're reintegrated into the international community…that would serve as the basis for us trying to improve relations over time….I believe in engagement. But …we have to get this nuclear issue resolved." - said the US president.

Moreover, while answering the follow-up question regarding the understanding of the Iranian people's needs, the President Obama said that his administration has such understanding, including the familiarity with Iran's war with Iraq and the necessity for the nuclear power program. At the same time the US president condemns mixing these interests with the aggressive policies Iran currently has with its neighbors

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 "…On the one hand, you need to understand what their legitimate needs and concerns are. On the other end, you don't need to tolerate or make excuses for positions that they've taken that violate international law," – concluded President Obama.

Earlier, the US government announced that the Iranian Air Forces inflicted blows in Iraq on the positions of militants from the so-called "Islamic State".

Source: ZN.UA

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