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Rouhani Says Iran Hasn´t Closed Window on Talks With US

Rouhani Says Iran Hasn´t Closed Window on Talks With US

Wednesday, 4 December, 2019 - 14:15
In this photo released by the official website of the Office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran hasn´t closed the window on talks with the US but reiterated his government´s standing condition that the Trump administration lift sanctions imposed on Iran before any negotiations can take place.

Rouhani´s statement was posted on the Iranian presidency´s website Wednesday. It quoted him as saying there´s no barrier from the Iranian side for meeting with the heads of 5+1 nations.

That´s a reference to the UN Security Council's five permanent members, including the US.

Rouhani says that "whenever the US lifts the unfair sanctions, the heads of 5+1 nations can immediately meet and we have no problem" with that.

He said Iran has no other option but to defy those who imposed sanctions on Tehran, "but we have not closed the window on talks."

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