Iranian president says talks possible only if Washington shows 'respect'

Iranian president says talks possible only if Washington shows 'respect'

However, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi responded by calling the offer "word-play", and asked for action instead.

U.S. President Donald Trump says the 2015 nuclear deal was not strong enough and he wants to force Iran to negotiate a new agreement.

"If they want to talk, I'm available", Trump said last week, even as Pompeo and the White House national security adviser, John Bolton, were stepping up warnings that any attack on American interests by Iran or its proxies would draw a rapid and significant usa response.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the United States is seeking to "level the playing field" with China after what he calls decades of unfair trade practices.

A day earlier, Pompeo said in Switzerland that the United States is "prepared to engage in a conversation with Iran with no preconditions".

However, he said Washington would continue to work to "reverse the malign activity" of Iran in the Middle East, citing Tehran's support to Hezbollah and to the Syrian government.

Trump has consistently called the JCPOA a bad deal as it does not do enough to curtail Iranian nuclear development.

"There is a specialist committee working now to decide on what criteria to add to the 5G option and somewhere this summer those criteria will be published", said the Dutch foreign minister.

President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a government meeting and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sits in the middle in the capital Tehran on May 14, 2019.

Speaking earlier on the sidelines of a U.S. It remains to be seen whether other European Union powers will follow President Trump's recent move to essentially blacklist the Chinese telecom giant from the USA market. But he said Tehran would not allow Washington to force it to the table.

He said: "We are watching closely as they put centrifuges into work and whether they are actually beginning to spin those centrifuges and load those centrifuges".

Tensions are rising between Washington and Tehran, and that's leading to fears of potential conflict. "He is imposing pressure", Zarif said.

Until now, Iranian officials have dismissed the idea of talks without first removing sanctions reimposed on Iran when the U.S. pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal past year.



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