(Persia Digest) - Dr. Sadegh Zibakalam, professor of political science at the University of Tehran, has suggested that the insistence on enmity towards the United States as one of the main policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran should be put to referendum. With this poll, it will become clear how successful this policy has been in persuading the people, as well as how many percent of the population are in favor of enmity towards the United States, he twitted.
Persia Digest reports that, in July 2013, ZibaKalam in a letter addressed to Hassan Rouhani, had asked him to put the relation or the continued non-relation with the US to referendum. He made this request citing article 59 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has twice talked about holding a referendum on crucial issues that are controversial; issues that matter to everyone and affect everyone’s life. Of course, he has not mentioned any proof for these important issues, and his proposal has been met with a sharp reaction from the conservative faction in Iran.
A while back, a number of political activists in Iran called for a review of key decisions and direct talks with the United States in a letter to high government officials. The authors of the letter urged the decision-making authorities to "announce in a national decision beyond the psychological warfare of the White House that they are willing to negotiate unconditionally with the United States to take a step towards solving problems and differences."
But a few days after the news was released, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Sardar Jafari, commented about the authors of the letter by saying that: "even if their action is not considered treason, it is definitely grounds for compromise with the enemies."
In this situation, some analysts believe that the possibility of negotiations between Iran and the United States is very weak. Nonetheless, Houshang Amir Ahmadi, an Iranian professor at Rutgers University, believes that discussions may take place between the two sides on regional issues in the next three to six months.
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