Former Iranian diplomat: Washington and Tehran do not want war


The former Iranian diplomat, Ambassador Afshar Soleimani, said that Iran and the states do not want to go to war, stressing that the two countries can solve problems between them through diplomatic means.

This came in a statement to Anatolia, where he indicated that if diplomatic methods were followed, the atmosphere of war would fade, stressing that the desire of the Iranian people in this direction.

And he added, “The speech of US President Donald Trump on the eighth of this month showed that Iran and the United States do not want war, because both sides realize that the war will cause great damage to the two sides, the region and the world.

“Of course, war can do more harm to Iran, and I believe that the countries of the region also do not want war, it is understood that all problems can be solved only through diplomatic means.”

Suleiman stressed that the main issue for Iran is economic sanctions, noting: “If the United States relaxes the sanctions and gives Iran the opportunity to sell oil and access funds, opportunities for negotiation may arise.”

Soleimani ruled out that Iran would implement the “revenge” promises made by Iranian officials, stressing that “I don’t think Iran will launch a new attack on the United States. It has shown that it can, but it will not launch a new attack.”

The tension between the two countries reached a new peak, days before, after Iran launched, on Wednesday, missiles at Iraqi bases hosting American forces in Anbar and Erbil provinces in Iraq, in response to the assassination of the commander of the “Quds Force” Qassem Soleimani.


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