Mehmanparast in an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Mar 22, 2013
IRNA -(Fri Mar 22, 2013) FM spokesman hails supreme leader for guiding Iran to progress
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast lauded the great scientific progress made by Iranian scientists and experts in different areas, and said that all this has been possible under the wise guidance of Iran’s Supreme Leader.
Mehmanparast made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Friday.
‘Under the umbrella of national unity and obedience to valuable guidelines and thoughts of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei), we could show the country’s national might at both regional and international levels to the people of the world,’ the Iranian diplomat said on Friday.
He noted that many countries that did not have a good attitude about Iran due to negative propaganda of western media, are now acknowledging to Iran’s achievements and extensive advancements.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Mehmanparast dismissed the recent offers of direct talks with Iran by some American statesmen as deceitful, and said, ‘As long as the US officials do not change their behavior towards Iran, the mere utterance of negotiating with Iran in the absence of scientific backup and threatening Iran or a behavior of animosity with Iran will be meaningless.’
Press TV -(Fri Mar 22, 2013) Enemies unable to isolate Iran by sanctions, propaganda: Official
Iran has been able to show its regional and international clout to the world through national unity, Ramin Mehmanparast said on Friday.
“Although the enemies attempted to isolate Iran by mounting diplomatic and economic pressures, their wishes did not come true and today, the Islamic Republic of Iran has turned into a center for resolving regional issues and the countries in the region have admitted that regional issues cannot be resolved without Iran,” he added.
The official noted that the Islamic Republic has managed to break major grounds in various areas in the past year, despite “unjust” sanctions imposed on it by the US and its European allies.
“Today, many countries that, under the West’s negative media propaganda, did not have a positive opinion about Iran, have acknowledged our country’s extensive achievements and progress,” he pointed out.
Echoing earlier comments by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Mehmanparast ruled out direct negotiations between Tehran and Washington in the absence of a real change of policy on the part of the United States.
“As long as the US refuses to change its behavior towards Iran, mere offer of negotiations without practical guarantees or accompanied with threats or any act of animosity against our nation is meaningless,” he stressed.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with US and the European Union using this pretext to impose several rounds of illegal sanctions against Tehran.
The Islamic Republic refutes the allegation, maintaining that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.