0803 GMT November 20, 2018
An Iranian parliamentary official said Iran has no problem with talks per se, but it has issues with US bullying behavior and repeated violations of its commitments.
“Holding negotiations with the US has never been a taboo subject [for Iran],” the Iranian Parliament Director General for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wrote in a tweet on Saturday, Mehr News Agency reported.
He added that the foreign ministers of the two countries had held dozens of meetings during the course of nuclear negotiations, as well as three rounds of talks in Baghdad, in which the Iranian official had also participated.
“Negotiation in itself is not the issue here,” said Amir-Abdollahian, adding that “rather, it is the US’ bulling behavior, its great crimes before and after the Islamic Revolution, and the repeated violations of its commitments.”
“Any diplomatic negotiation is based on the ‘right timing’ and ‘dignity’,” he added.
The official’s remarks came in response to US President Donald Trump’s call for talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions”. Trump’s call for talks came as US unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reinstated sanctions against Tehran.
Iran says reimposing sanctions and pressure are at odds with US’ demand for holding dialogue, which requires mutual respect and adherence to international obligations.