Is the Islamic Republic of Iran willing to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the international political crisis surrounding its controversial nuclear program? A recent interview between Mashregh News and ex-foreign minister Ali-Akbar Velayati reinforced a narrative coming from the regime which states that it is willing to negotiate in good faith but views the United States as unwilling to do so. From this point of view, the nuclear program is just one excuse that the US uses in order to justify harsh policies (potentially even regime-change) against Iran. Even if Iran made concessions on the nuclear program the US would find other grounds to continue its current policies, or so this narrative goes.

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