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Rouhani says Iran ready to talk to U.S. if sanctions lifted

By Parisa Hafezi and Bate Felix

 

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala, Iraq, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-Deen

 

DUBAI/PARIS (Reuters) - Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it quit last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says it is open to negotiations with Iran on a more far-reaching agreement on nuclear and security issues.

But Iran has made any talks conditional on first being able to export as much oil as it did before the United States withdrew from the nuclear pact with world powers in May 2018.

 

"We have always believed in talks ... if they lift sanctions, end the imposed economic pressure and return to the deal, we are ready to hold talks with America today, right now and anywhere," Rouhani said in his Sunday speech.

 

Confrontations between Washington and Tehran have escalated, culminating in a plan for U.S. air strikes on Iran last month that Trump called off at the last minute.

 

Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it quit last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday (July 14). Rough cut (no reporter narration).

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says it is open to negotiations with Iran on a more far-reaching agreement on nuclear and security issues.

But Iran has made any talks conditional on first being able to export as much oil as it did before the United States withdrew from the nuclear pact with world powers in May 2018.

Confrontations between Washington and Tehran have escalated, culminating in a plan for U.S. air strikes on Iran last month that Trump called off at the last minute.

 

Calling for dialogue between all parties to resume, France, Britain and Germany -- parties to the 2015 pact -- said on Sunday they were preoccupied by the escalation of tensions in the Gulf region and the risk the nuclear deal might fall apart.

 

"We believe that the time has come to act responsibly and to look for ways to stop the escalation of tension and resume dialogue," they said in a joint statement that was released by the French president's office.

 

In spite of calling for talks with Iranian leaders, Trump said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions on Iran would soon be increased "substantially".

 

In reaction to U.S. sanctions, which have notably targeted Iran's main foreign revenue stream in the shape of crude oil exports, Tehran announced in May that it would scale back its commitments under the deal.

 

Defying a warning by the European parties to the pact to continue its full compliance, Tehran has amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted and it has started to enrich uranium above the 3.67% permitted by the agreement.

 

"The risks are such that it is necessary for all stakeholders to pause, and consider the possible consequences of their actions," France, Britain and Germany, who have been trying to salvage the pact by shielding Tehran's economy from sanctions, said in their statement.

 

Iranian clerical rulers have said that Tehran will further decrease its commitments if Europeans fail to fulfil their promises to guarantee Iran's interests under the deal.

 

The nuclear deal aimed to extend the amount of time it would theoretically take Iran to produce enough fissile material for an atomic bomb -- so-called breakout time -- from several months to a minimum of one year until 2025.

 

Iran denies ever having considered developing atomic weapons.

 

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Catherine Evans)

 

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1 hour ago, HappyinNE said:

Give us everything we want then we will talk.  Not going to work with Trump like it did in the past.

Or more correctly...

give us back, that which you took in contravention to an internationally sanctioned agreement, such that we can talk.

 

but you might be right... the trump might continue down his pathway to war, after all, there’s no trump towers in Tehran, so no skin off his nose, and when the once empty body bags begin arriving back in the land of the free, he’ll be retired, and laying the blame on the democrats, no doubt.

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5 hours ago, jany123 said:

internationally sanctioned agreement

Sanction is over when Obama left office, it was his agreement not Americas.

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It seems Trump is the only one, who worries about the situation from 2015, when there are NO restrictions on whatever Iran does on nuclear field, nor intercontinental ballistic missiles.

I suppose he calculates as follows:

- reelection 2020, so president till mid Jan 2025

- 2023 and following: Ivanca Trump running for next (vice) president. No way he wants her to be cursed with a nuclear Iran, being able to attack all Europe and even the USA.

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According to Darroch, the recent US ambassador, Trump scrapped the agreement simply to spite Obama.

Americans have elected a capricious, vindictive narcissist, whose only concern is for himself. Let's hope they don't pay the price in body bags.

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45 minutes ago, IAMHERE said:

Sanction is over when Obama left office, it was his agreement not Americas.

Agreement was NOT signed by a lawyer in Hulauhla county, but by Barack Obama, in the function of President of the United States.

I g=have to agree with an Iranian on TV who said: when we sign an agreement, with THIS president ( Trump), is it valid for a next president, and so on ? Or can every4 years all be open again ??

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1 hour ago, IAMHERE said:

Sanction is over when Obama left office, it was his agreement not Americas.

Can you tell me where you get your misinformation from?

Iran Nuclear Deal Reaches Key Number of Senate Supporters

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced this morning that she will support President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, giving the administration sufficient support in the Senate to ensure a major foreign policy victory for the president in his final 18 months in office.

https://time.com/4020062/iran-nuclear-deal-senate-veto/

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2 hours ago, IAMHERE said:

Sanction is over when Obama left office, it was his agreement not Americas.

Yep... well done... you have just outlined why other countries should never trust those United States of America, moving forward, unless those United States of America change their laws, such that future leaders cannot unilaterally make or change agreements on a whim.

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"We have always believed in talks...."

 

Err. No. You did not.

 

With regard to the current stand-off, the Iranian regime initially said it wouldn't "talk" about anything that's not included in the JCPOA. Even in negotiations leading to the JCPOA, it was pretty much routine for Iran to declare this-or-that if not negotiable, only for it to appear on the agenda for discussion later on.

 

As for talks for lifting of sanctions and return to the JCPOA framework - I think that, eventually, there will be some give and take which may see a conditional/partial lifting of sanctions and Iran negotiating all the same. Returning to the JCPOA framework will probably not happen under Trump. Maybe a similar agreement under a different label, with a few extras tossed in.

 

With regard to outcomes - issues relating to nuclear stuff are doable. Iran's ballistic missile program, maybe less so. Iran's regional involvements and interventions, probably harder to tackle.

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7 hours ago, bristolboy said:

Can you tell me where you get your misinformation from?

Iran Nuclear Deal Reaches Key Number of Senate Supporters

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced this morning that she will support President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, giving the administration sufficient support in the Senate to ensure a major foreign policy victory for the president in his final 18 months in office.

https://time.com/4020062/iran-nuclear-deal-senate-veto/

Did you even read the article? It said she was the 34th to support it, and that they thought it would delay a war by 10 years. So Obama just wanted to skate out and dump it the next President? 

 

The problem for those who have never lived in that area, there already is a war, not nuclear yet, but still a war. I don't think this agreement was even slowing them down much, and not like they couldn't try buy something if they wanted it.

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22 minutes ago, Damrongsak said:

My then 20 year old son came back in a box from Iraq in 2005. Younger son won't go there. He votes independent.

 

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The chicken hawks talk a big talk but when their turn comes , get bone spurs, sending our kids to die.

No parent should ever have to say what you just said, or have to go through what you must have gone through. 

As a father,My heart goes out  to you. 

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12 hours ago, Lacessit said:

According to Darroch, the recent US ambassador, Trump scrapped the agreement simply to spite Obama.

Americans have elected a capricious, vindictive narcissist, whose only concern is for himself. Let's hope they don't pay the price in body bags.

According to Darroch the totally discedited and debunked pee pee dossier author Mr Steele is "100% legit". So we can take Darroch's words with a pinch of salt. He is clearly acting on his emotions and hatred of Trump rather than any rational logic based approach to matters. 

 

 This Iran saga is amusing. Trump played hardball, the Iran govt had a tantrum and said they will never talk to the USA again EVER. And the forum melts down, Trump bad, agent orange bla bla, and now here we are a week later and the Iranians are begging to return to the table. The art of the deal in action!

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3 hours ago, beechguy said:

Did you even read the article? It said she was the 34th to support it, and that they thought it would delay a war by 10 years. So Obama just wanted to skate out and dump it the next President? 

 

The problem for those who have never lived in that area, there already is a war, not nuclear yet, but still a war. I don't think this agreement was even slowing them down much, and not like they couldn't try buy something if they wanted it.

You're absolutely right. I got it wrong. I thought I had seen an article that said it was upheld by 52 votes but I guess not. 

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