Asked about the US president’s expression of readiness for talks with Iran without preconditions, Larijani said at a press conference in Tehran on Monday that Donald Trump makes paradoxical comments about Iran, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The US president has insulted the Iranian nation and made inglorious remarks about Iran, Larijani deplored, adding that Trump has at the same time voiced readiness for negotiations with Tehran.
“Haven’t we already negotiated? When a country breaches an international agreement… how could it demand negotiations?” the Iranian Parliament speaker said, describing the US call for talks as a tactic that lacks genuineness.
Asked about Iran’s stance on fresh talks with the US, Larijani said the situation is not currently appropriate for negotiations, adding that the US seeks to entertain the world but Iran is not seeking “masquerade diplomacy.”
If the US is really after negotiations, it should make up for what it has violated by withdrawing from the JCPOA and show goodwill, the Iranian speaker underlined.
As regards Europe’s commitment to the nuclear deal and whether or not Iran would remain in the JCPOA, Larijani said, “The Europeans were insisting that Iran not withdraw from the deal and fulfill its commitments, but they did not honor their commitments.”
He said Iranian diplomats are still negotiating with Europe on the fate of the JCPOA.
On May 8, Trump pulled the US out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany.
Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties have launched talks to save the accord.