Jalili: We're going to the talks with optimism, but we are also realists. Three conditions need to be fulfilled if real progress is to be made. First of all, the mistakes of the past must not be repeated. Secondly, both sides need to negotiate in good faith and need to stop trying to hold a dialogue in the shadow of threats. And thirdly, we expect a long-term, future-oriented cooperation. The culture of dialogue is the pre-condition for success. Threats distance us from the culture of dialogue.
SPIEGEL: When you speak of the mistakes of the past, do you mean only Europeans' and Americans' mistakes, or your own as well?
Jalili: We can justify logically our behavior in every case. Even where you might wish to make accusations.
SPIEGEL: Is that the Iranian way of admitting mistakes?
Jalili: You insist on your viewpoint; I defend my own.
SPIEGEL: Mr. Jalili, we thank you for this interview.