Iran's Rev. Guards chief criticizes President's call
AFPTEHRAN--The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Monday that President Rouhani should have refused to take last week's historic telephone call from U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
It was the first public criticism by a senior Iranian official of Friday's landmark first contact between leaders of the two countries since the rupture of diplomatic relations in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
“The president took a firm and appropriate position during his stay” in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, General Mohammad Ali Jafari said in an interview with the Tasnimnews.com website.
“But just as he refused to meet Obama, he should also have refused to speak with him on the telephone and should have waited for concrete action by the U.S.”
Jafari said that Washington should respond to the good will shown by Rouhani in New York by “lifting all sanctions against the Iranian nation, releasing Iranian assets frozen in the United States, ending its hostility towards Iran and accepting Iran's nuclear program.”