Speaking in interview with Sharq, Aliakbar Javanfekr, former consultant to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the president of Iran, compared Iran’s approach to the US during the Ahmadinejad term and after, saying "I believe that what was to happen in America and the Wall Street public demonstrations were the result of enlightenment brought about by Mr. Ahmadinejad, so much so that the issue turned into a crisis for the American government.”
He said "The enlightening letter of Mr. Ahmadinejad has nothing in common with negotiations and he sent Obama the letter with no intention of negotiation; whereas there is no such thing about recent Iran-US contacts, because it was criticized by the Supreme Leader.”
"The Islamic Republic has never rejected talks with the US, but has laid conditions. Ahmadinejad has always stressed negotiations based on mutual respect. The Islamic Republic had better chances of negotiation which were wasted,” Javanfekr asserted.
"Chances when we were in more powerful positions. Like when Mr. Ahmadinejad would visit New York and make the most of the US media capacities, challenging the US government before the public,” he added.
Further explaining why Ahmadinejad did not tap the favorable occasions for negotiations, he said "The decision to talk had to be made at higher levels. But the mere possession of a higher position is not all. The other side has to come to the point that talks must be held from equal positions and with mutual respect, not like what Rouhani did, going for talks so that Obama up and says Iran goes for negotiations frustrated by sanctions.”
He also pointed to the Obama-Rouhani phone call and said "That must not have been done without some precursors. Some hints were given before he called. If Obama were not sure that someone was waiting for his call on the other end he would not have called. He knew that Rouhani would answer if he called.”