Iran ‘favours’ talks despite Trump snub
Tehran (AFP) Aug 6, 2019 –
President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran favours talks with the US if it lifts sanctions against the Islamic republic, despite his top diplomat turning down a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
Rouhani said “peace with Iran is the mother of all peace” and “war with Iran is the mother of all wars” as he defended a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
“Iran favours talks and negotiations and, if the US really wants to talk, before anything else it should lift all sanctions,” Rouhani said in remarks aired live on state television.
Tensions between Iran and the US have been rising since Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the nuclear deal in May 2018 and began imposing sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign.
But Rouhani said Iran was ready for talks regardless of whether or not the US was party to the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“Whether they want to come into the JCPOA or not, it’s up to them,” said Rouhani.
He urged the US to lift all its sanctions and accused it of committing “economic terrorism” by blocking food and medicine imports.
In response, US ambassador on disarmament Robert Wood said Iran “simply needs to make up its mind to decide what it wants to do.”
“My president has said he is willing to sit down and have a discussion with Iran. We are not sure Iran wants to have that discussion,” he said on the sidelines of a conference in Geneva.
Trump has said several times he is willing to hold talks with Iran even as he lambasts its leadership as corrupt, incompetent and a threat to regional security and US interests.
But Washington imposed sanctions against Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday, targeting any assets …read more
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