A little more than a week since John Kerry’s wish to make a public visit to Iran in his role as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he’s received his official answer from the Islamic regime: “No.”
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, [Kerry spokesman Frederick] Jones told The Hill, “John Kerry has no plans to travel to Iran.”
He may not have had plans, per se, but he certainly had aspirations that the White House, in an “if-by-whiskey” manner, neither approved nor disapproved.
Sen. John Kerry has suggested becoming the first high-level U.S. emissary to make a public visit to Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, a move White House officials say they won’t oppose.
“This sounds like the kind of travel a chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee would — and should — undertake,” said a White House official, adding it would be at Sen. Kerry’s own behest.
Iran however, has rejected the idea entirely.
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 Elahian said, according to Fars News Agency.
So much for Obama’s plan, as stated during his campaign, in which Obama announced his willingness to meet with Iran without pre-condition.
“…the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them – which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this [Bush] administration – is ridiculous.”
Perhaps no more ridiculous, Mr. President, than assuming that your personality might change the outlook of the world and make Iran want to meet with a representative of your administration.