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Iran will never hold talks with US, says Rouhani

Iran will never hold talks with US, says Rouhani
posted onSeptember 3, 2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday has ruled out any possibility of bilateral talks between Tehran and Washington.

Rouhani noted that US can join multilateral talks of Iran and other parties only if it lifts all the sanctions currently imposed on Iran.

“No decision has ever been taken to hold talks with the US and there has been a lot of offers for talks but our answer will always be negative,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by Reuters. He was reportedly talking live on State Radio on Tuesday morning.

“If America lifts all the sanctions then like before it can join multilateral talks between Tehran and parties to the 2015 deal,” he added.

In May 2018, US president Donald Trump withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Tensions have been rising between the two countries since then.

US has constantly expressed its readiness to hold bilateral talks with Iranian officials, but insisted that sanctions will not be lifted.