RNA - The Americans are not sincere about their offer of talks with Iran, Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with South African Ambassador to Tehran Vika Mazwi Khumalo on Wednesday.
He stressed that they must change their behavior towards Iran in practice.
Amir Abdollahian said that Iran has negotiated with both Democrat and the Republican administrations in the US but the Americans proved to be dishonest in their talks.
The Iranian parliamentary official added that Iran held talks with the US on security situation in Iraq while the Bush administration was in power followed by talks over the nuclear deal during Obama era, both of which showed that the Americans broke their promises.
He further noted that the Americans must change their behavior towards Iranian nation in practice as a pre-condition for any new decision by the Islamic Republic.
Elsewhere, Amir Abdollahian said that the Iranian people praise late Nelson Mandela as the symbol of struggle against Apartheid. He also praised South Africa’s stances on regional and international issues and its insistence on political solutions.
Khumalo, for his part, said that his country attaches great importance to relations with Iran in various fields, expressing regret over the US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal and re-imposition of sanctions.
The diplomat welcomed exchange of visits between the Iranian and South African officials to expand and deepen bilateral relations.
In relevant remarks in June, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei rejected the US proposal for negotiations as a "deception", warning that Washington aimed to disarm the Iranian nation.
"The US proposal for talks is a deception and when the enemy has not been able to attain its goal, it proposes talks imagining that the Iranian nation is naïve, and says that the Iranian nation should make progress. Of course, this nation will certainly make progress but without you (the US) and on the condition that you do not approach this nation," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the judiciary officials in Tehran.
According to Fars News Agancy, he said that the main goal pursued by the US proposal for talks was disarming the Iranian nation and destroying its power components, and added, "If you accept their words in negotiations, the (Iranian) nation will heavily suffer and if you do not accept them, the current political hues and cries, propaganda and pressures will continue."
Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to the US instrumental use of human rights to attain its goals, and said Washington cannot speak about human rights as it has killed nearly 300 innocent Iranian passengers on board Flight 655 in 1988 and is collaborating with the Saudis in their crimes against the Yemeni people.
He also blasted the Trump administration as the most hated and villainous government in the world for insulting and raising allegations against the Iranian nation, and said the people in Iran were not taken aback by such behavior by the US and did not withdraw from their goal and causes.