(Persia Digest) –
The Iranian President has refuted news of bilateral talks with the US, saying: “We turned down the US proposal for talks.”
Speaking at a plenary session to defend his two proposed ministers' plans for the ministries of Education and Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, Hassan Rouhani said: “We have no plans for bilateral talks with the US and never did. At no point in the past year and a half and prior to that did we give a positive answer. Suggestions were made, but we gave a negative response. Private bilateral talks will not take place.”
He reiterated: “We have already conducted talks with the US in P5+1. It can take part in these discussions like before if it lifts all its sanctions, whether it returns to the JCPOA or not. But the US must lift all its sanctions.”
He added: “When we talk about negotiations, it means the lifting of sanctions and a return to the JCPOA conditions.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that comments by the Iranian, French, and US presidents in recent days led to the belief that Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump will be meeting soon to begin negotiations between Iran and the US.
The US has been wanting to talk to Iran since its unilateral exit from the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. But Iran has refused the proposal due to the US abrogation of its commitments under the deal and the illegal widespread sanctions it imposed on Iran.