Political Science Professor at the University of Tehran and an adviser close to Hashemi Dr. Sadeq Zibakalam said "Mr. Rouhani and those behind him are after mutual relations between Iran and the US. One of their most important promisses was to improve relations with the outer world. The American-Israeli extremists prayed for Jalili to win.”
Speaking with US Viewer, Center For US Strategic Studies, Zibakalam said "Mr. Rouhani's rise to power will have the most positive effects on Iran-US relations. Contrary to this, the opposite is the case with Said Jalili, that is, if he were to become President relations would have become tenser.”
"I believe that Iran-US relations must go through positive changes in the Rouhani administration, else it would be a pity,” he said.
Asked if he believes that with recent sanctions, the US shows to take double standards, he said "There is no such thing as double positions. It is a pity that those who would not like a change to occur in the Iran-US enmity say that Rouhani is barely in power when the US is going to repeat the Axis of Evil story, that being why it has put new sanctions. But what the Principalists do not know about it, or they pretend not to know, is that the sanctions which were instated on July 1 date back 6 months.”
He added "The biggest obstacle for Iran-US relations to grow is the radicals in Iran, America, and Israel. American and Israeli radicals will be happy with nothing less than to alter the system of the Islamic Republic. They liked Said Jalili to rise to power, because they would not like the Islamic Republic to survive, and to thrive and progress towards its real place within the region and the world. These radicals would pray that some extremist like Jalili would have risen to power. They were happy when Ahmadinejad was made President. We must know that radicals such as Netanyahu will be in high spirits if someone like Jalili or Ahmadinejad is in power.”