War of Wills: Iran’s Rouhani Not Open to Negotiations with U.S., Trump Said It’s On Iran to Call

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is against negotiating with the U.S. and said: “I favor talks and diplomacy but under current conditions, I do not accept it, as today’s situation is not suitable for talks and our choice is resistance only.”
  • While the Iranian president said his country is open to diplomacy and negotiations, he insisted that Iran wouldn’t be coerced through sanctions and threats.
  • He also said that Iranians enjoy the support of citizens who don’t believe his country is responsible for heightened tensions with the U.S. in spite of how “the enemy” has tried to portray the situation.
  • Last year, President Trump pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that promised to ease sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear weapons program.
  • Once Trump withdrew from the agreement, he re-imposed sanctions that have had a crippling effect on Iran’s economy.
  • As payback, Iran said that it would negate certain terms of the nuclear agreement with its European counterparts if the European countries didn’t get relief for Iran from sanctions.
  • In regards to negotiating with Iran, Trump said: “If they call, we will certainly negotiate, but this is going to be up to them.”

Reference Links

  • RT: ‘No talks, only resistance’: Iran’s Rouhani rules out negotiations under current US stance READ
  • Politico: Iranian president: ‘Today’s situation is not suitable for talks’ with U.S. READ
  • Reuters: Iran’s Rouhani rejects talks with Washington READ

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