Speaking with Fars news agency, Ali Motahari said "Right now the thing is not relations with the US, it is rather negotiations about the nuclear case."
"Since we have gone down the nuclear energy path well enough and as we are influential in the Middle East where the US needs us, and since Obama is a bit different from previous US presidents, it is a good opportunity for the nuclear negotiations to be carried out, so that some of the unfair sanctions that are imposed on us are lifted. All in all it is a good job. Whether it hits or not it will be to our advantage,” the senior lawmaker added.
He also pointed to Obama’s statement that the military option is still on the table and said "After all he has to say something to please Israel, which is not important. The US is stuck between Israel and Iran. He talks to please both sides. It must not be taken seriously.”
Asked if his statement holds too much optimism, Motahari said "We are not optimistic, but we move along, and we do so pessimistically. We show our goodwill, it will be good for the people too, who will say ‘these went and showed some flexibility,’ consequently, the following resistance will be performed better.”