In answer to a question whether Iran’s national interests follow that Iran continue its hostile outlook toward the US, reform activist and academic Sadeq Zibakalam said "It is not so. Hostility to the US and the urge to stay so has incurred great loss on our national interests. Considering the kind of relation we have with other countries one cannot say with certainty that the US is untrustworthy, because some of the countries with which we have relations also may have been unfaithful in certain instances.”
"National interests concerned, there is no justification for stressing enmity with the US. The urge to keep hostile relations with the US is an ideological outlook that has remained from the Marxist mode of thought,” Zibakalam asserted.
"If we make agreements with the US, it will be recorded on paper. Once an agreement is filed, they will not be able to say ‘we told Iran something else and now we act otherwise,’” he continued.
He further pointed to the "Down with USA” slogan and said "The ‘Down with USA’ slogan is in fact in opposition to what the Principalists keep saying.”
"The Principalists say ‘we have no problem with the people of America, the problem is the US government.’ When you say down to USA, you are addressing the whole American society, just like if someone says ‘Down with Iran’ you will not say he means the Rouhani administration, it will rather include 75 million Iranians,” he pointed out.
He added "Wishing death and annihilation for others goes in stark contrast to what Islam says. It will place us somewhere near Osama bin Laden.”