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Tehran (IP) - Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has denied the recent claims on Iran’s negotiation with the US, saying there have been no talks between Iran and the United States, adding they are propaganda for domestic use, which may benefit Donald Trump.

Iran Presscommentary: The Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida recently reported that Iran and the United States had begun negotiations in Oman to reach a new agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and were even ready to sign a cooperation agreement.

Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh stated that the US President Donald Trump has no understanding of the nature of international relations, including US-Iran relations, adding: "Donald Trump must admit his mistake and stop this inhumane and all-out war and cruel sanctions against Iran, and compensate all the damage done to the Iranian nation due to that war. After he does so, there will be a possibility that he will find a place for himself in the corner of a room where the JCPOA negotiations are held."

The United States has never acted in good faith as a fundamental rule of international relations. It has violated the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231 and Iran Nuclear Deal by unilaterally withdrawing from the accord and re-imposing sanctions, as well as punishing those who adhered to the resolution. With such a history, negotiations between Iran and the United States have reached a dead-end due to Trump's policies against Iran.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei earlier described the US effort to negotiate with Iran as a ploy to prove that maximum pressure was working.

He made negotiations with the United States subject to certain conditions, stating: "If the United States retreats, repents and returns to the nuclear agreement that it has violated, then like the member states of the agreement that participate the negotiations and talk to Iran, it can also participate; otherwise, there will be no negotiations at any level between the officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Americans, neither in New York nor elsewhere."

The US diplomacy seems to be not an approach to negotiation but an aggressive policy in the disguise of deception. In the current situation, Trump is heavily involved in the election campaign and, at the same time, is facing widespread popular protests and problems due to mishandling the outbreak of the coronavirus. At the regional and international levels, and even at the UN Security Council level, US bullying and extortionist policies have reached a dead-end.

"The United States is a totalitarian regime that does not care about win-win negotiations," said an expert on US affairs, Mohammad Marandi, referring to allegations of secret talks between Iran and the United States in Oman. He added that such news is more of an election campaign.

The US goals for holding negotiations with Iran can be summarized into two issues: 

The first issue is to prove Iran's theory of surrender to the simultaneous application of the two currents of 'threat and sanctions'.

The second issue is that Trump seeks to build credibility for himself as a balanced and negotiating president by utilizing Iran as a tool and forcing Tehran into the negotiation table.

Despite the wrong policies towards Iran, the US government still insists on continuing the mistakes of the past. Fabrications like holding negotiations with Iran are the same wrong mindsets mentioned earlier.

Written by Jamshid Amin-Zadeh

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