A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said on Sunday that “crimes” committed by the United States against Iran do not preclude “carefully understood” exchanges.
“The future of relations between Iran and the United States is not easy,” Khatibzada acknowledged at a news conference in Tehran, as President Hassan Rouhani’s government elected US President Joe Biden as a clear signal of resignation.
“The United States has repeatedly committed crimes against the Iranian people,” Khatibzada said, referring to a long list. These included Washington’s support for Baghdad during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, a “series of sanctions” against Tehran and the US drone strike that killed senior Iranian general Qasim Soleimani in January.
“It is natural that the members of the United Nations (between the two and between) (like the United States and Iran) have always existed, and are discussed very carefully, in a well-known framework,” Khatibzada said. This means that Iran is forgetting this list of crimes.
Tehran and Washington, enemies for more than four decades, have been on the brink of war twice since June 2019, amid tensions over Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which led to the ouster of US President Donald Trump. Trump unilaterally resigned.
Biden has vowed to return to diplomacy with Iran after four years under Trump. Rouhani’s government has cautiously welcomed Biden’s victory, but has been criticized by conservatives in Iran, accusing the country’s government of trying to turn him into America’s “great devil.” There are “illusions”.