President Hassan Rouhani said Iran has foiled a US plot to indicate that his country is reluctant to hold talks, stressing that Tehran has no problem for negotiation with anybody.
The US officials tried in the past months to prove that they were ready for talks and it was Iran that would not return to the negotiating table, said the president, reiterating that it was a conspiracy Iran managed to thwart both at the United Nations and through interaction with other countries.
Rouhani made the remarks at a cabinet session on Wednesday.
The president emphasized that if the 5+1 countries show determination to fulfill their commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal and try to make up for their past mistakes, Iran will be ready for talks.
“We clearly announced this (readiness for talks) during our trip to Japan”, Rouhani said, adding that both countries made proposals in this regard.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the nuclear deal in 2015. Under the deal, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
However, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the international nuclear deal in May last year and stepped up sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Since May, Iran has rowed back on its nuclear commitments four times in compliance with articles 26 and 36 of the deal.
Iran says its reciprocal measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the Iranian economy from unilateral US sanctions, which were imposed last year when Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal.
The European signatories to the agreement have so far failed to uphold their commitments.
During the cabinet meeting, Rouhani added that Iran is not the only nation that is bearing the brunt of the economic woes caused by the US pressure campaign, according to Press TV.
Rouhani referred to his meetings with world leaders that took place on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 last week and said, “In a four-way forum participated by Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and Qatar, we realized that other countries are also experiencing difficulties in their interactions with the US.”
The leader of one of the participating states, President Rouhani recounted, talked about the weapons his country had purchased from the US and the problems they were now facing in procuring spare parts, because the Americans were demanding several times the actual price of those weapons for maintenance services.
The Iranian chief executive also noted that there was consensus among several participants in the Kuala Lumpur Summit on the need for ditching the dollar.
The problems currently facing the Iranian nation are more or less similar to those the other states are grappling with, he pointed out, stressing that all countries, including those that took part in the Kuala Lumpur Summit, blame the US for the pressure campaign on the Iranian nation.
“Nobody has doubts about the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran has completely fulfilled its commitments and taken steps within the framework of regional and global peace, stability and security,” Rouhani said, adding, “It is the opposite side that has violated its obligations.”