Iran Refuses Talks—Until The US Lifts Economic Sanctions

Following comments from President Trump, Iran is now saying that it will only be ready for talks with the United States, when Washington lifts the sanctions it has placed on Iran.
It doesn’t look like the United States and Iran are making progress towards peace talks just yet, even though President Trump said he has a gut feeling that Iran is ready for negotiations.
Instead, Iranian President Rouhani seems to be saying “not so fast.” During a speech on Tuesday, he called for the US to lift all sanctions against Iran, in order for talks to be held. And he argued that a meeting with Trump right now would be nothing more than a photo-op.
Without America withdrawing from sanctions and abandoning the wrong path it has chosen, we will not witness any positive development. The key positive developments is in Washington,” Rouhani said.
His comments come one day after French President Macron told Trump that he believed Iran was ready for talks, in an effort to save what is left of the 2015 nuclear deal.
This morning, President Rouhani has clearly stated that he is ready to meet with any political leader if it’s in the interest of his country. What I told Minister Zarif, and what I said to President Rouhani on the phone, is that if he were to accept a meeting with President Trump, I’m convinced that an agreement can be reached,” Macron said.
At the time, Trump said he has a feeling that Iran is ready to meet. And he said the US is open to talks, but* he ruled out the possibility of lifting economic sanctions against the country.
I don’t know the gentleman. I think that, I think I know him a little bit just by watching over the last number of years what’s happened. Tell you one thing, he’s a great negotiator,” Trump said. “But he, I think he’s going to want to meet. I think Iran wants to get this situation straightened out. Now, is that based on fact or based on gut? That’s based on gut.
Tensions are still ongoing at sea, and Iran announced that it has sent two war ships to the Gulf of Aden to provide its commercial ships with security. It justified the move by pointing to the increase in military presence from the US and the UK in the region.
Meanwhile, after making a surprise visit to the G7, Iran’s foreign minister met with officials in Japan on Tuesday, where he spoke out against US sanctions and called for an increase in diplomacy. The meeting is notable, because Japan is a close US ally, and because the two countries discussed the security of the energy market and stability in the Persian Gulf.
Both Trump and Rouhani are expected to attend the United Nations General Assembly in September, so there is a chance that we could see a possibility for dialogue in the coming weeks. But for now, it does not appear that either country is backing down.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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