Aug 11, 2018 20:27 Asia/Tehran
  • Iran FM rules out meeting with American officials

Iranian Foreign Minister rejected plans for a meeting with American officials on sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting

Iran press / iran: In an interview with Tasnim news agency,Mohammad Javad Zarif, said, “No meeting will take place.”

Iran FM added,“The Americans are not honest. Moreover, they are entangled in their addiction; the addiction of (imposing) sanctions will not allow any dialogue to take place”.

He also rejected that Oman is mediating between Tehran and Washington, saying the Islamic Republic has routine diplomatic contacts with its neighbors and friends without any third party being involved.

The remarks came days after US President Donald Trump signaled his willigness to hold talks with Iranian officials “anytime they want.” 

Speaking at a White House news conference on July 30, Trump said, “I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet.”

Asked if he had any preconditions for such a meeting, the US president replied, “No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet.”

Last Monday night in a televised address , Rouhani said there could be no talks as long as Washington was reneging on the deal."

“If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife,” Rouhani said.

“We are always in favour of diplomacy and talks ... But talks need honesty,” Rouhani said. “Trump’s call for direct talks is only for domestic consumption in America ahead of elections ... and to create chaos in Iran.”

In May, Trump called the nuclear accord - or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as it is formally known - a "horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made" and withdraw from the deal.



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