President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday stressed that the United States should first return to the nuclear deal and compensate if it wants to negotiate with Iran.
President Rouhani said that that several world leaders tried to arrange talks between Tehran and Washington in 2018, but he said he made it clear that conditions and time are not appropriate for such talks and meetings, according to the President’s official website.
Addressing officials in the northern city of Rasht on Thursday, Rouhani said, "We favor negotiations and have the ability (for talks)”, stressing that “We are not afraid of the negotiating table”.
“Our logic and reasoning is strong and reliable, to the extent that we won (cases) in the face of the US in international courts, so we are not afraid of the negotiating table, legal disputes and wars,” he added, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Last year, US President Donald Trump voiced willingness to meet with Iran’s leadership without preconditions.
“I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet,” Trump said on July 30, 2018. “I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet. I'm ready to meet whenever they want to.”
In May 2018, Trump pulled his country out from the JCPOA and reimposed sanctions against Iran.
On Thursday, Rouhani once again censured the US for imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic, saying Washington isolated itself, not Iran, by doing so.
He said, except few, all American allies and even Europe are against the restrictions.
America’s strategic allies, the whole Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, Canada, Mexico, and even public opinion in the US condemn the embargo, said Rouhani.
The US imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic after President Donald Trump abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018.
Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties – Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – launched talks to save the accord.
The remaining three European signatories have also designed a financial mechanism, known as INSTEX, which would work to secure trade with Tehran and guarantee Iranian and European companies against sanctions.