Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, speaking in an interview with the Financial Times said Tehran position in the region has been strengthened by its role in facilitating a peaceful change of government in Baghdad last summer; as well as by the survival of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
Providing comments on diplomatic negotiations between Iran and the US he said that the two countries "can behave in a way that not to use their energy against each other. A nuclear agreement can be very crucial in this regard.”
"Everything will depend on the honesty of the Americans in the nuclear talks,” he was quoted as asserting.
Asked if the regular meetings between Iranian and American diplomats during the nuclear talks with P5+1 could lead to a rapprochement between the two countries, he stated, "No. Negotiations are only for the nuclear issue.”
The senior politician also dismissed suspicions voiced by Western countries during nuclear talks that the Iranian Supreme Leader does not genuinely support a lasting nuclear deal.
He dismissed the concerns by saying that the Iranian leader has had enough occasions based on which he could break the negotiation series.