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Hours Before Trump Restores Iran Sanctions, Rouhani Says “Open To Negotiations”

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Hours before renewed sanctions on Iran are set to snap back tonight at 12:01 a.m. US Eastern time, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has announced his country is “open to negotiations” while also calling on the European Union to urgently step up with practical action to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

His words, however, were generally couched in terms of a rebuke against “untrustworthy” Washington, saying Monday in an interview carried on state television“Negotiations with sanctions doesn’t make sense. They are imposing sanctions on Iranian children, patients and the nation.”

Rouhani referred to items like medicines and other basic living necessities, while the first round of sanctions are also set to target primarily automobiles, currency, and gold.

Basic civilian safety related supplies will be impacted too as export or re-export commercial airplanes as well as services and parts will be banned. The second round of renewed sanctions are set to take effect on November 5, for which the US has pressured EU countries to cease receiving oil exports by this date.

Rouhani said Iran had “always welcomed negotiations” but that Washington would have to take clear steps to prove they can restore trust after reneging on the 2015 JCPOA.

“If you’re an enemy and you stab the other person with a knife and then you say you want negotiations, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife.”

“How do they show they are trustworthy? By returning to the JCPOA.”

And in an apparent reference to recent protests that initially arose in early summer primarily over a collapsing economy, he lashed out: “They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation and create divisions among the people,” Rouhani said.

Rouhani’s words, which could be taken as an ultimatum, are likely to leave the White House unmoved, which has ratcheted up the pressure in hopes that Iran will initiate renegotiations on Washington’s terms.

In early August Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said in Fox News interview, “They could take up the president’s offer to negotiate with them, to give up their ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs fully and really verifiably not under the onerous terms of the Iran nuclear deal, which really are not satisfactory.”

“If Iran were really serious they’d come to the table. We’ll find out whether they are or not,” Bolton said.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Does anyone even trust the Iranian leadership? Have they stopped being a sponsor of terrorism, improved human rights, or entered the modern world? Are they trustworthy now and will they allow verification since they claim to comply? I highly doubt it because they are violating the agreement and have continued terrorism sponsorship and the production of nukes.

    • Does anyone even trust the US leadership? Have they stopped being a sponsor of terrorism in Syria improved human rights,largest % of population in prison mostly black Are they trustworthy now I highly doubt it because they are violating the all kinds of agreement and have continued terrorism sponsorship and and interfering with other countries government

  2. Apply the sanctions, please. We now have the knowledge of their heinous crimes and the sanctions are a protection. Just remember there was a video within the last week, blowing up NY {now called Ground Zero}. Hundreds and amongst these were a goodly number of children and women…whom were just tryin to live their lives. He is using us just as other countries are using their children as sacrifices.

  3. What a joke this guy is… saber rattling one minute and negotiating the next…. no nuclear anything is the negotiation or RIP “The Tigers Tail” OFF. Sink their navy to set the tone President Trump – these people understand force not being nice or polite!!

  4. i would not trust anything this towel head says. keep up the pressure president Trump. in the end they will beg for dialog.

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