The View from Tehran and Russia

Comments from Javad Zarif, Iranian ambassador to the UN, and Dmitry Peskov, first deputy press secretary to President Putin.

Issue: Mar-Apr 2007

From the interview of UN Ambassador Javad Zarif, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, in National Interest online (www.nationalinterest.org).

Iran is always ready for dialogue. We have to see whether tactics followed by one or another side of this dialogue in fact help the dialogue or creates obstacles. But I can tell you that from the beginning of the negotiations between Iran and Europe, the Security Council was used as a threat, so the dialogue could only have one outcome.

If one party in a discussion is always confident that it can resort to an extremist instrument with the dialogue, then the propensity to do whatever is possible and useful in order to achieve a mutually acceptable solution becomes more distant.

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