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Rouhani: Conspiracy to Show Iran's Reluctance for Negotiation Foiled

Rouhani: Conspiracy to Show Iran's Reluctance for Negotiation Foiled

Thursday, 26 December, 2019 - 13:30
Two Iranians pass in front of a store that sells Christmas items in Tehran on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (EPA)

US’s conspiracy to show Tehran's unwillingness to negotiate with Washington has been foiled, IRNA quoted Iran’s President as saying.


Speaking during Wednesday’s cabinet session, Hassan Rouhani said the plot was foiled at the recent United Nations General Assembly and during interactions with other countries.


In a recent visit to Japan, Iranian officials voiced Iran’s readiness to hold talks with every nation, including the US administration.


All the countries that participated in a meeting he had attended in Malaysia last week held the US “responsible for pressures on the Iranian people.”


He said that in the quadrilateral summit of Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and Qatar, it turned out that other countries are also facing problems in their interactions with Washington.


Rouhani also underlined that his country has fully lived up to its commitments and has taken steps within the framework of regional and global peace, stability and security, holding the “other side’ accountable for violating its obligations.


He addressed the 5+1 states that signed the nuclear deal with Iran in 2015 without excluding the US, which had withdrawn in May 2018.


“If the 5+1 states have the determination to live up to all their commitments and compensate their previous blunders, Iran is ready to negotiate,” he stressed.


Rouhani explained that the mutual proposals with Japan he had referred to upon his return from Tokyo fall in this context.


In a common matter, Advisor to the Supreme Leader on foreign affairs Ali Akbar Velayati denied any current relations between Tehran and Washington.


IRNA quoted him as saying that his country has taken a strict decision regarding not meeting any of the US officials, describing any other news in this regard as “unrealistic propaganda.”


He stressed the refusal to go for any negotiations with the US before it fully lifts its sanctions against Iran.


“Sanctions cannot subjugate a major and strong country like Iran,” he told Russia Today.


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