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Rohani says Iran will continue to reduce its nuclear commitments if the US does not withdraw sanctions

August 27, 2019

“Iran does not only look for a photo with someone,” says the president

MADRID, 27 (EUROPE PRESS)

Iranian President Hasan Rohani said on Tuesday that he is willing to talk with the United States, but for this to happen he has made it clear that the “illegal sanctions” imposed against Iran must first be lifted.

“If they want more security in the region and want to have better relations with regional countries, if they say they don't want anything from Iran, then they must back down the sanctions,” Rohani said.

The president has assured that Tehran will not build nuclear weapons not because the United States tells it but because it is its own belief and the Iranian supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has indicated so. In this regard, he has argued that if this is the “only concern” that Washington has regarding Tehran, then it is already “resolved.”

“The door cannot be opened unless you take the step of withdrawing all illegal and unjust sanctions against Iran,” Rohani warned, according to Iranian agency Mehr. “We have always been willing to talk and we still are,” the president added, although he clarified that Tehran is not looking for “a simple photo with someone.”

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have increased since US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the 2015 nuclear agreement last May and has reintroduced sanctions against Iran.

MEETING BETWEEN ROHANI AND TRUMP

The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced Monday negotiations so that, “in the coming weeks”, there may be a meeting between Rohani and Trump, although the latter has qualified that this meeting will only take place “if the conditions are correct “.

Iran has been one of the issues that has marked the G7 summit, held last weekend, among other reasons for the unexpected visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif, in full political debate over the continuity or revision of the agreement nuclear signed in 2015 and that Trump continues to call it “ridiculous.”

Trump is willing “if the circumstances are correct” and, although he has insisted that he would never have signed the 2015 agreement – driven by his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama – has “good feelings” about the possibility of Achieve some kind of agreement.

For the US president, the red lines go through ensuring that Iran does not obtain atomic weaponry, ending the ballistic missile tests and extending the obligations of a hypothetical agreement “to a longer period of time.” As for a possible US compensation to Iran for the sanctions, Trump has closed in this option.

“If it is necessary to speak with someone, we will do it; if it is necessary to resist, we will defend ourselves,” Rohani said on his part Tuesday. “If someone is trying to intimidate us, we will face the bully,” he added, ensuring that Iran “does not seek tension with the world” but that its ultimate goal is “to preserve its dignity and power.”