Cleric Stresses Prerequisite-Free Talks

A02537696.jpgTehran’s Interim Friday Prayers leader Seyyed Ahmad Khatami warned the West that Iran’s nuclear issue would not be resolved through bullying and mischief, and further stressed the need for prerequisite-free talks as the only way to solve the case. Addressing a large congregation of the worshippers on Tehran University Campus here on Friday, the cleric added, “We have shown that we favor negotiations but we may not give up our rights.”

“This is the other side which has always disrupted negotiations or issued (UN Security Council) resolutions right in the middle of talks with Iran,” he continued.

Khatami also reiterated, “If they embark on attending talks without any prerequisites, then the nuclear issue will be solved, but if they continue their bullying and mischief just like before, then talks would be disrupted again, although both sides have assessed the recent talks (in Turkey) as positive.”

Elsewhere, he pointed to the Palestinian issue, and mentioned, “Recently there have been observed some movements among certain Arab states for recognizing the usurper regime of Israel. Their former governments intended to do so, but they could achieve nothing but their nations’ increased hatred for them.”

“Therefore, we advise them to cooperate and assist the Palestinian nation instead of cooperation with this regime (i.e. the Israeli regime),” this week’s interim Friday Prayers leader of Tehran concluded.

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