TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran may consider dialogue with the United States as long as it is between "equals" and Washington respects its people's rights, Foreign Minster Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview Friday. "We have not ruled out establishing relations with other countries barring the Zionist regime (Israel), but it is possible that our relations are in an unusual situation with countries like the United States," Salehi told the official IRNA news agency. "If one day the United States agrees to a dialogue on an equal footing and without preconditions, while respecting the rights of our people, the situation will be different," he said. Iran and the US have had no diplomatic ties for more than 30 years, and relations have soured in recent years due to Tehran's nuclear drive and policies in the region. Last week, ex-Iranian president Akbar Hashemi came out in support of talks with Washington.