Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Iran Says It's Willing To Talk With US 'Right Now' Amid Sanctions

Iran Says It's Willing To Talk With US 'Right Now' Amid Sanctions

Earlier in the day he assailed Iran as "a murderous dictatorship that has continued to spread bloodshed, violence and chaos".

The newly reimposed sanctions target transactions with US dollar banknotes; trade in gold and precious metals; direct or indirect sales of graphite and metals such as steel and aluminum; certain transactions related to the Iranian rial; certain transactions related to issuing Iranian sovereign debt; and Iran's automotive sector. Additional sanctions on Iran will go into effect in early November.

While the penalties were expected, they drew fresh condemnation from European allies who are standing by the 2015 nuclear accord - known as the JCPOA - that Trump quit in May.

Saudi Arabia and Israel, Iran's key regional rivals, are among the only countries to strongly support the reimposition of USA sanctions.

He called the landmark 2015 agreement "horrible", claiming it left the Iranian government flush with cash to fuel conflict in the Middle East.

"If you're an enemy and you stab the other person with a knife, and then you say you want negotiations, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife", the Iranian leader said in an interview on state television.


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reportedly said during an interview on state television just before the sanctions were reimposed that he would welcome talks with the USA without preconditions.

"We are always in favor of diplomacy and talks..."

Iran dismissed a U.S. offer to renegotiate a historic 2015 nuclear deal signed with other major powers as President Donald Trump reimposed crippling sanctions on Tuesday.

He called on the countries of Europe to join the United States, saying, "The time has come to stop talking; the time has come to do". "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less".

"Prices have been increasing for three or four months and everything we need has become so expensive, even before sanctions returned", said Yasaman, a 31-year-old photographer in Tehran.

Under the blocking statute, European Union businesses can sue the U.S. administration in the national courts of member states. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. Now, it's there. It's their modus operandi.


Most Iranians see USA hostility as a basic fact of life, so their frustration is largely directed at their own leaders for not handling the situation better.

Most Iranians see United States hostility as a basic fact of life, so their frustration is largely directed at their own leaders for not handling the situation better.

The European Union, which remains a supporter of the three-year-old nuclear pact with Iran, said it is taking counter-measures to blunt the impact of the sanctions Trump has reinstituted. European allies say they "deeply regret" the US action.

Administration officials told The Associated Press that the renewed sanctions were not an attempt to topple the Iranian government. The decision has been condemned by the EU's foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini.

"If there is one piece of worldwide agreements on nuclear non-proliferation that is delivering, it has to be maintained".

They also unveiled a "blocking statute" which is meant to protect European firms doing business with Iran despite the new U.S. sanctions. "Individuals or entities that fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences". Iran has repeatedly denied its nuclear program was aimed at developing nuclear weapons.


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