Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the situation will change only if the US removes all sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The key to “positive developments” is in the hands of Washington, President Rouhani said in a statement broadcast by local TV on Tuesday.
“We won’t build nuclear bombs, whether or not you say we mustn’t do so,” Rouhani added.
Commenting on the Iranian nuclear deal, President Rouhani warned that Tehran will continue scale back its nuclear commitments unless the US lifts its illegal sanctions. According to Rouhani, relieving sanctions could be a first step for negotiations, adding that otherwise there will be no change in the status quo.
“Without the removal of sanctions and abandoning the erroneous path that the US has chosen, we will not see any positive changes”, Rouhani said during a speech broadcast by Iranian television.
Iran was a prominent topic of discussion at the G7 forum in Biarritz, France. During the summit, President Trump said that he had a “good feeling” about negotiations with Iran.
Tensions started to build up between the US and Iran after President Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, and imposed sanctions against Tehran in a bid to restrict the country’s trade transactions with the world. The Trump administration has been making empty calls for talks, but the Islamic Republic stresses that as long as sanctions are in place and the US refuses to return to the JCPOA, negotiations will be meaningless.