Iranian President Hasan Rouhani stressed on Wednesday that before talking about possibility of talks with the United States, Washington must lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic and fulfill commitments under the nuclear deal.
During a Cabinet meeting, Rouhani did not explicitly name the United States but referred to Washington by saying: “The road is not closed for them, whenever they put aside their cruel sanctions and return to the negotiation table that they left.”
“The yardstick is not what they say, but rather what they do,” Rouhani said as quoted by his official website.
“Whenever they stop hostility towards the Iranian nation, lift their unjust sanctions, live up to their commitments, and come back to the negotiation table that the left, the door is open.”
On Monday US President Donald Trump softened his tone on Iran by holding out the possibility of negotiations with Iran as he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is reportedly weighing a trip to Tehran.
“I do believe that Iran would like to talk, and if they’d like to talk, we’d like to talk also,” Trump said.