0415 GMT December 05, 2021
“In spite of the recent nuclear deal, there are fundamental problems for [restoring] ties between Iran and the US and as long as these problems remain, no rapprochement will occur,” Mansour Haqiqatpour, the deputy chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told Iran Daily.
Haqiqatpour added that the Americans should promise not to interfere in Iran’s internal affairs, to stop supporting subversive groups inside Iran and to respect the Islamic Republic’s rights in the international arena.
He referred to the nuclear agreement made between Iran and the P5+1 nations earlier this month and said the accord is expected to boost trade between the two nations.
The government seeks to launch direct fights to the US for the convenience of Iranians living there, the lawmaker pointed out.
Haqiqatpour said the US owes Iran a “big apology” over its role in the 1953 coup d'état, supporting subversive groups, freezing Iranian assets and repeated interference in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “The Americans should make up for them in an acceptable way.”
The MP pointed to America’s failed Operation Eagle Claw conducted by Delta Force in April 1980 in an effort to free US hostages at its embassy in Tehran, calling it a “military invasion” for which Washington should pay compensations.
He stressed that Iran will never back off from its fundamental principles and urged the US to stop its “mischief” against the Islamic Republic.
Touching upon big differences between Iran’s and America’s foreign policies, Haqiqatpour said, “We defend Palestine but they support the Zionist regime [of Israel]. We defend the oppressed in Lebanon but they have a different approach toward Lebanon. Iran backs the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad over the crisis in Syria but the US supports anti-government groups…. Our stances are different from theirs. They need to change their approach.”