According to reports from Iranian media, Iran’s legislators have decided not to allow a visit from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, (who served in Vietnam – heh).
Several Iranian news outlets reported last week that Kerry had submitted an official request to visit Tehran in an emissary role.
Kerry spokesman Frederick Jones told the Wall Street Journal before Christmas, though, that no trip had been scheduled. When asked Sunday if Kerry had filed a travel request as claimed or if Iran had taken pre-emptive action against talk of a visit, Jones told The Hill, “John Kerry has no plans to travel to Iran.”
On Saturday, Iranian legislators stepped up the rhetoric against the news that Kerry was considering traveling to Tehran with the blessing of the White House.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has no plans to negotiate with any American official, unless the country (the U.S.) changes its policies,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Zohreh Elahiansaid, according to Fars News Agency. “Iran-US relations are not under such conditions that could produce results through a number of non-targeted meetings and talks,” rapporteur of the parliament’s Nationals Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazzem Jalalitold Fars on Saturday in response to a question about Kerry wishing to visit Iran.
“Americans are more seeking to exploit the media and means of propaganda in a bid to gain an advantage,” Jalali said. “…A number of the high-ranking officials in the present U.S. administration sent letters for talks with Iranian officials when they served as senators. The HILL
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