Larijani, an advisor to the Iran?s supreme leader and the director of Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics in Tehran, said however that any negotiations should be based on mutual respect and fairness, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
?Negotiation with the U.S. due to pressure is not acceptable to us,? Larijani said in the Northern city of Anzali, adding that such talks with Washington should be the result of a ?strategy? if Tehran ever accepts to sit to the negotiating table with the United States, the Fars News Agency report.
He said that any negotiations with the West should serve Iran?s interests, adding that only Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei had the authority to decide on the matter.
Earlier, his brother Ayatollah Sadeq Amoil Larijani who heads Iran’s Judiciary system, said, ?The Americans should not imagine that they can blackmail our nation by sitting at the negotiating table with Iran.?
Iran and the United States broke relations in April 1980 after Iranian students broke into the U.S. embassy and held captive its diplomatic staff for 444 days.
?Relations with the U.S. are not easy and after all the U.S. pressures and crimes against the Iranian people, such relations are not possible (to establish) overnight,? Amoli Larijani said in Tehran on Wednesday.
?The U.S. will start to be wise only when it manages to win the Iranian nation’s trust?, he added.