Kavakebian: I am for relationship with US; Leader has "final word"

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News ID: 519
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 13:54 - 16 March 2013
Tehran, YJC. Secretary General of the Democracy Party has said that although he supports relationship with the US, he acknowledges the fact that the Supreme Leader must have the final word.

Mostafa Kavakebian who was announcing his candidacy in a press conference provided comments on his policy for his would-be administration and said "The Constitution and the Supreme Leader would have the final word in my administration.”

Kavakebian also pointed to his support for relationship with the US and said "The key to the sanctions is in US spite. If we do not improve relations with the US we would not be able to eliminate sanctions.”

He also added "I believe that current situations are not fit for opening relations with the US, and that a thorough planning is needed for that. This is testified by me being one of Ahmadinejad’s first critics when he introduced relations with the US.”

Secretary General of the Democracy Party further said that the Supreme Leader has the final word on Iran-US relations and that based on article 176 of the Constitution the Leader is the one to decide on the matter.

Kavakebian also pointed to the need for launching private TV channels and said "TV and radio must not be expressly confined to the state media. While there are private TV channels in neighbor countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Qatar with much lower democratic factors, we can do the same with governmental decree and Expediency Council regulation.”

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