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Iran Rejects Trump’s Offer To Meet Rouhani

Iran President Hassan Rouhani. AFP

Head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Kamal Kharazi, On Tuesday said Tehran saw no value in U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to meet Iranian president for talks without preconditions.

Trump had said on Monday that he would be willing to meet Iran’s leader without preconditions, to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

“Based on our bad experiences in negotiations with America and based on the U.S. officials’ violation of their commitments, it is natural that we see no value in Trump’s proposal.

“Iran does not trust the U.S. as a negotiating partner. The U.S. is not trustworthy. How can we trust this country when it withdraws unilaterally from the nuclear deal?”

IRNA News Agency quoted Iran’s Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ali Motahari, as saying in London that it was not a good time for Iran to negotiate with the U.S.

“If Trump had not withdrawn from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and had not imposed sanctions on Iran, there would be no problem with negotiations with America.

“But, negotiating with the Americans would be a humiliation now,” Motahari said.

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