SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The American president said “We have two big interests in Iran that are short term, and then we’ve got a long term interest.”
“I tend not to comment on any communications that I have with various leaders.I’ve got a whole bunch of channels where we’re communicating to various leaders around the world.Let me speak more broadly about the policies vis-a-vis Iran.We have two big interests in Iran that are short term, and then we’ve got a long term interest, US President Barack Obama said to CBS Sunday news programme,”Face the Nation”.
He claimed that “Our number one priority with respect to Iran is making sure they don’t get a nuclear weapon.”
Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.We don’t have any problem with further investigation on Iran’s nuclear program, because we have nothing to hide. All ours facilities, equipment and materials is peaceful and we haven’t anything to hide, Seyed Abbas Araghchi Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in talks with the P5+1 in an exclusive interview with AL-ALAM said on Saturday.
Now Iran, the United States and European Union will hold an second day of talks on Monday for finding a solution to reach a deal on Tehran’s civilian nuclear program.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union envoy Catherine Ashton and Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah in Oman on Sunday (November 9), ahead of talks to try to advance efforts to end a standoff over Tehran’s civilian nuclear program.
“The second thing that we have an interest in is that Iran has influence over Shia, both in Syria and in Iraq, and we do have a shared enemy in ISIL. But I’ve been very clear, publically and privately, we are not connecting in any way the nuclear negotiations from the issue of ISIL. We’re not coordinating with Iran on ISIL, Obama said.
The American president said in a pre-recorded interview aired on Sunday that the fight against the so-called Islamic State group (IS) had entered a new phase.
“Phase one was getting an Iraqi government that was inclusive and credible. And we now have done that,” he toldto US channel CBS,
“And so now, what we’ve done is rather than just try to halt ISIL’s momentum, we’re now in a position to start going on some offence,” he added.
Asked about Friday’s announcement that another 15-hundred US troops would be going to Iraq, Obama insisted that they would be there to train Iraqi personnel.
He added that US commanders had told him that fewer troops would be needed for this role over time,”As Commander-in-Chief, I’m never going to say ‘never’, but what the commanders who presented the plan to me say is that we may actually see fewer troops over time, because now we’re seeing coalition members starting to partner with us on the training and assist effort.”