A senior Iranian lawmaker says there is “no taboo” in direct talks between Iran and the US, urging President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic team, currently at the United Nations, to take the chance to hold talks “with any player even the US” to deescalate tensions and defend the country’s righteous positions.
“The Iranian diplomatic team should defend the righteous positions of Iran (in talks with the US) and remind the Americans of their violations of the JCPOA with reasonable arguments,” Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, chairman of the Parliament Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, told euronews.
He was referring to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was scrapped by the US President Donald Trump in May.
Falahatpisheh praised the current Iran’s diplomatic apparatus, saying their approach is different from Rouhani’s predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when “we only saw some speeches.”
“Now President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif have some evidence and arguments to express Iran’s positions,” he said, adding their positions are more acceptable in terms of “diplomatic discourse” than those of Trump and other US officials.
The lawmaker, however, cast doubt on the seriousness of US offer for talks, saying “the US has no plan or strategy for talks with Iran. The US only uses the world of negotiations.” Falahatpisheh added.
Trump said in July he was ready to meet Rouhani without preconditions to negotiate a new deal.
His offer of talks has been repeated by other US officials as well, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.