Tehran representative to the Majlis Rouhollah Hosseinian criticizing a reported to-be opinion poll by the government to seek public favor for relations with the US said "The 110th article of the Constitution clearly says that the major policies of the country are laid out by the Leadership and it is him who decides what should be the basis of the foreign policy.”
He further pointed out that the 59th article allows the Legislative Branch to launch public opinion polls in circumstances and only in regard to lesser issues, adding "According to this article the government has no privilege to hold anything in regard to the country’s major policies.”
He then directed his speech at the introducers of the polling initiative, saying "I do not intend to accuse these folks of deceit and trickery, but it seems that such statements have been influenced by others and the speakers have sort of turned into spokespeople for treacherous, opportunist people.”
Criticizing talks of abandoning the "Down with USA” motto, Hosseinian asserted that the significance of the Islamic Republic lies in that very motto.
He further added that the initiators of the talk about relation with the US are people who lack a program of their own for the country’s progress, therefore putting all hope in establishing relations with the United States of America.