Hamidreza Asefi in interview with Mosalas Online believed that the proper national coalition is not yet formed to pursue relations with the US.
The former Foreign Ministry Spokesman pointed to the new US approach to Iran and said "The different language of Barack Obama in relation to Iran is clearly discernible. It is something that must be welcomed.”
He further stated that growing relations with the US is no overnight matter, but the result of 33 years of resistance.
Asefi said "Iran faces fewer problems than the US in improving relations, that is, Iran is not influenced by any foreign country for doing so. What lays the way before us is the country’s interests, which are defined by us; so no country can pressurize Iran and tell it how its relations with the US must be. But there are also groups inside the country which do not desire relations with the US. Of these, there is the group whose party interests rank at higher priorities. Yet there is the other group which thinks ideologically and believes that relations with the US are not beneficial. Under such circumstances if the government intends to improve relations with the US, it has to satisfy these two groups.”
He also pointed to the Obama-Rouhani phone call before Rouhani's departure from New York and said "I can say that in diplomatic affairs it has been proven to me that if you do something before its time has come, it will turn into its own opposite. That means that the Iran-US thing needs national agreement first, and as long as there is no such agreement, the relation will resemble a green fruit which cannot be picked off the tree. But one cannot dismiss the fact that the phone call soothed the atmosphere between Iran and the West.”
He also pointed to Iran-EU relations and said "Iran must work its way toward détente with the EU for a number of reasons. First, right now there are hundreds of thousands Iranians living in Europe. Iran must also pay attention to Europe in terms of technological investment. In terms of the export of oil and other things also, Europe is a good and trustworthy market. And finally, on both sides upon many occasions the culture is indebted to the other side.”