Iran’s UN Envoy Says No Talks With U.S. Unless Sanctions Removed

TEHRAN, Sept 12 (NNN-IRNA) – Iran’s envoy to the United Nations, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, said, negotiations with the United States are unlikely, unless the latter decides to remove anti-Iran sanctions, Press TV reported.

“There is no room for talks, as long as the U.S. administration’s economic terrorism and cruel sanctions against the Iranian people are in place,” Takht-e Ravanchi was quoted as saying.

Mutual issues should be discussed only when the Americans lift the sanctions, he said. In the case of sanctions removal, the talks would be possible within the framework of the P5+1 group of states – comprising the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia plus Germany – which clinched the nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, he added.

Last week, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, set lift of sanctions against Iran as a precondition for negotiations with the United States on the thorny issues.

Iranian officials have stressed that, for any talks with the United States over the issues, Washington should return to the Iranian nuclear deal, from which it withdrew in 2018, and implement its obligation under the accord.– NNN-IRNA