The “crimes” committed by the United States against Iran do not prevent “carefully considered” exchanges from taking place, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman says.
“The future of relations between Iran and the United States is not simple,” Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledges at a press conference in Tehran, as President Hassan Rouhani’s government makes signs of apparent overtures to US President-elect Joe Biden.
“The United States has committed repeated crimes against the Iranian people,” adds Khatibzadeh, citing a long list.
They include Washington’s support for Baghdad during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, the “series of sanctions” against Tehran, and the US drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in January.
“It is natural that [between two] members of the United Nations [like the US and Iran] there have always been, and there are, very carefully considered exchanges, in a known framework,” Khatibzadeh says, while noting that “does not mean that Iran is forgetting this list of crimes.”