Well Known Diplomat Claims U.S.-Iran Deadlock will not be Solved Before Iranian Presidential Election

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Mohammad Sadeq Kharazi, who served twice at Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister and as Iran’s ambassador to Paris and the UN, and who is also known to be close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has discounted the prospect of negotiations with the United States until after the June 2013 presidential election when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves office. Kharazi was also reported to have been highly involved in Iran’s so-called offer of a ‘grand bargain’ to the United States via the Swiss embassy in 2003 which was dismissed by the administration of George W. Bush.

Kharazi made his comments at the nineteenth meeting of ‘Iranian diplomacy’.
His speech reproduced on his website, Iran Diplomacy, makes interesting reading, in particular his significant praise for U.S. president Obama and his administration.

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