No Talks With US While Sanctions In Place: Rouhani

Hunter Walker and Brittany Shepherd,Yahoo News

Hunter Walker and Brittany Shepherd,Yahoo News

Iran has been under crippling United States economic sanctions since the U.S. unilaterally withdrew lat May from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran Nuclear Deal).

Four sources with knowledge of the U.S. president's conversations with French President Emmanuel Macron told the news outlet that Trump "has in recent weeks shown openness to entertaining" the proposal.

But even if a meeting does not take place, the fact that Bolton is out and Trump is considering pulling back on the sanctions is a recipe for lower oil prices. The French leader has been trying to convince the United States to offer Iran some sort of relief from sanctions.

The IAEA reports still did not include information on Iran's intention to develop Naval Nuclear Propulsion Systems, Prince Abdullah said while stressing the need to clarify the objective, especially as this technology is used more in military fields.

"They should not only abandon warmongering but also abandon their maximum pressure policy".

If Tehran sees optimism in Bolton's ouster, some hawkish U.S. lawmakers warned that easing the squeeze on Iran would be an enormous mistake, enabling Europe to, in Senator Ted Cruz's words, "send an economic lifeline to the Ayatollah".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, standing alongside Mnuchin in the White House briefing room, said "sure" when asked whether Trump could meet Rouhani later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

The remarks came just 90 minutes after Trump announced he had removed John Bolton as his national security advisor. His last-minute decision in June to refrain from attacking Iran widened the divide between him and Bolton - Bolton was all-in on a military strike.

However, Iran's envoy to the UN, Majid Takhteravanchi, said Bolton's departure did not change its position that there will be no talks until the economic sanctions are lifted.

Prince Abdullah underscored the importance of a comprehensive worldwide agreement on Iran's nuclear program, ensuring that it should prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons of any sort. "Warmongers should be dismissed and the policy of maximum pressure should be set aside". "But if we don't, that's fine too".

Rouhani has had a series of phone conversations in recent weeks with Macron.

Iran says it hopes to save the deal but can not do so indefinitely if it gets none of its economic benefits. Difference of opinion over Iran seems to have been the last straw for Trump.

Despite Trump's previous calls for dialogue with Iran, Toossi said Washington has not been genuine in its push for diplomacy as it continued to impose "unprecedented" sanctions on Tehran. Bolton famously wrote in 2015, before Iran's nuclear deal was struck, an op-ed in The New York Times headlined: "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran".

Twelve months on from the USA pullout, Iran began taking steps back from the deal.

On July 1, it said it had increased its stockpile of enriched uranium to beyond the 300-kilogram maximum set by the deal.

On Wednesday, he told Macron that the steps Iran has taken so far in reducing its commitments were reversible.

"Iran's third step is under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and also has the potential to be reversed", he said.

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