Iran Will Only Talk With US When Sanctions Are Lifted – Rouhani

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Hassan Rouhani, Iranian president, has stated that his country will only consider sitting with the United States on the ongoing Nuclear deal disagreement until sanctions are lifted.

US President, Donald Trump, had confirmed on Monday during the G7 summit in Biarritz, south-west France, that there is a “good chance” that he will meet with Iran.

“If the circumstances were correct, I would certainly agree to that,” he added.

However, Trump did not clarify what the circumstances would be.

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Rouhani on Tuesday, said in an interview with state TV that the first step is for the US to retreat from sanctions.

“You must retreat from all illegal, unjust and wrong sanctions against the nation of Iran,” he stated.

Tension between Washington and Tehran has gone bad in recent months.

The Iranian economy is struggling after Trump re-imposed sanctions, when he pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal that put limits on Iran’s enrichment of Uranium.

Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign ministry arrived at the meeting in France unannounced on Sunday, which reports say was aimed  at easing the nuclear deal crisis.

His presence reportedly annoyed Trump initially, but he later said he knew about the invite and “respected the fact that he was coming in. We’re looking to make Iran rich again, let them be rich, let them do well, if they want”.

Rouhani in the interview, also promised that his country will reduce its nuclear enrichment once the sanctions are not lifted.

“Tehran has never wanted nuclear weapons,” he assured, but added that the country was always ready to hold talks.

The US and Iran have also been at loggerheads over the Grace 1 supertanker, which has now been renamed the Adrian Darya-1.

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