TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC)-Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said Iran has repeatedly declared that “there is no room for talks as long as these cruel sanctions and the US administration’s economic terrorism against the Iranian people are kept up.”
“The topic could be discussed only when they (the Americans) lift the brutal sanctions,” and that any such talks would be possible within the framework of the P5+1 group of states — comprising the US, the UK, France, China, and Russia plus Germany — which successfully negotiated and clinched a nuclear deal with Iran in 2015.
The US under President Donald Trump abandoned that historic accord in May 2018 and unleashed a “maximum pressure” campaign — mainly focused on the Iranian economy — coupled with military threats.
Having failed in his hawkish Iran policy, Trump has been offering talks with senior Iranian officials in recent months, while keeping up the pressure.
Tehran says it will not negotiate under pressure and wants the US to lift its anti-Iran sanctions and begin respecting the Iranian nation’s rights before seeking any dialog.
‘Bolton’s firing of no concern to Iran’
Asked about Trump’s decision to sack the White House’s most ardent Iran hawk National Security Adviser John Bolton, Takht-e Ravanchi said the issue of changes within governments is “a domestic matter.”
“We do not any adopt any stance on other countries’ domestic issues,” he added.
Takht-e Ravanchi pointed to a press conference at the White House shortly after Bolton’s sacking, saying US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just made it clear that the US was bent on maintaining the maximum pressure campaign against Iran.
“Our stance is, therefore, clear. The Americans are well aware that we will not accept ‘maximum pressure’ at all,” Tehran’s UN envoy stressed.
Separately, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi quoted top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that Tehran “will not be issuing any statement on US internal affairs.”