In the interview, Samareh Hashemi called Washington’s Iran policy a “paradox,” influenced by “Zionists.” He said Iran has offered “practical proposals” in the past to improve relations, including a request for direct airline flights between Tehran and New York. “But the Americans gave no response,” he said.
He said the United States has not asked to open a consular office or interests section in Tehran, an idea that was floated in Washington last year. “If such a request comes, we will study it positively,” he said.
Samareh Hashemi also called on the United States to apologize for “interfering in Iran’s election and other instances of meddling,” attacked America’s two-party political system and denounced “liberal democracy” in Western nations. “Both the internal and external signs of this Western liberal democracy show that it’s approaching defeat and collapse,” he said.