Tehran (AFP) – President Hassan Rouhani mentioned on Tuesday that Iran favours talks with the US if it lifts sanctions towards the Islamic republic, regardless of his high diplomat turning down a gathering with US President Donald Trump.
Rouhani mentioned that “peace with Iran is the mom of all peace” and “struggle with Iran is the mom of all wars” as he defended a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran favours talks and negotiations and, if the US actually desires to speak, earlier than anything it ought to carry all sanctions,” Rouhani mentioned in remarks aired stay on state tv.
Rouhani, talking on the overseas ministry after assembly together with his high diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, mentioned Iran was prepared for talks no matter whether or not or not the US was occasion to a landmark nuclear deal.
“Whether or not they need to come into the JCPOA or not, it is as much as them,” mentioned Rouhani, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal identified formally because the Joint Complete Plan of Motion.
“All sanctions must be lifted in order that there will probably be no criminals going through us,” he mentioned, accusing the US of committing acts of “financial terrorism” for blocking imports of meals and medication.
“So if it desires talks, it should put together the trail for it. The trail to it’s repent. There is no such thing as a different method.”
Tensions between Iran and the US have been rising since Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the nuclear deal in Could 2018 and started imposing sanctions on it as a part of a marketing campaign of “most stress”.
Twelve months on, Iran hit again by suspending a few of its commitments below the deal.
The scenario threatened to spiral uncontrolled with ships attacked, drones downed and oil tankers seized.
On the top of the disaster, US President Donald Trump known as off air strikes towards Iran on the final minute in June after the Islamic republic’s forces shot down a US drone
– ‘Oil for oil’ –
Rouhani mentioned in any talks the People must be prepared to barter pretty.
“In order for you safety, in case your troopers need safety within the area, (then comply with) safety for safety,” he mentioned. “You can not hurt our safety after which anticipate your individual safety.
“Peace for peace and oil for oil,” he added. “You can not say that you simply will not permit our oil to be exported.
“Strait for strait. It can’t be that the Strait of Hormuz to be free for you and the Strait of Gibraltar to not be free for us.”
Iran has additionally been locked in a high-seas standoff with US ally Britain since Royal Marines helped to grab a tanker carrying Iranian oil off the British abroad territory of Gibraltar on July 4.
Weeks later, its Revolutionary Guards impounded a British-flagged tanker within the Strait of Hormuz — the conduit for a lot of the world’s crude.
Overseas minister Zarif on Monday confirmed stories that he had turned down a proposal from a US senator to satisfy Trump on the White Home final month.
Zarif mentioned on Monday that he had turned down the provide regardless of a risk of being hit with sanctions inside two weeks.
“I used to be instructed in New York I’d be sanctioned in two week until I accepted that supply, which thankfully I didn’t,” he mentioned.
The New Yorker journal reported on Friday that Senator Rand Paul met Zarif within the US on July 15 and had Trump’s blessing when he prolonged the invitation to the Iranian overseas minister.
The US imposed sanctions towards Zarif on Wednesday, focusing on any belongings he has in America and squeezing his capability to operate as a globe-trotting diplomat.