Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has agreed to negotiate immediately with the United States – fueling rumors of preparations for a meeting. “For negotiations (with America) we are always ready, even this hour, even now,” said Rouhani on Sunday. However, according to his web portal, he again set conditions: Before that, the Americans would have to come to their senses, put an end to pressure and lift sanctions against Iran.
Rouhani’s statement comes at a remarkable time: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif arrived in New York on Sunday. According to the state news agency IRNA, Zarif will address the UN Economic and Social Council on Wednesday. Rumors are circulating in Tehran that Zarif wants to prepare a meeting to negotiate with the American side in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September. These rumors were fueled by Rouhani’s remarks.
After the United States’ exit from the 2015 Vienna nuclear agreement and the imposition of new sanctions on Iran, the two archenemies are in another conflict. The shooting down of an American drone by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf last month has aggravated tensions. The United States wants to work out a new nuclear deal through negotiations with Iran, but so far this has failed because of its conditions.
Zarif did not want to confirm or deny to negotiate with the American side. “At present, only UN meetings are planned,” Zarif told Iranian reporters following his arrival in New York.
On July 07, the US President Donald Trump Iran threatened after the country announced its intention to violate a key condition ( uranium enrichment) of the international nuclear agreement. Iran should be more cautious, Trump said in front of journalists in the state of New Jersey.
The country is doing a lot of “bad things,” he added, affirming that the country would never own nuclear weapons.