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Rouhani’s statement gets wide media converge in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistani electronic and print media in their reports on Tuesday have given wide coverage to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's remarks that holding negotiations with US while sanctions are in effect are meaningless.

In a televised address, President Rouhani said Iran waits Europe to take practical actions in the face of the US sanctions.

Pakistani leading daily 'The News' reported Irans President Hassan Rouhani has said that Washingtons call for new nuclear negotiations at the same time the US re-imposes crippling sanctions 'makes no sense'.

'They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation and create divisions among the people,' he said in a televised interview.

Meanwhile, 'The Nation,' another major newspaper of Pakistan, quoted President Rouhani as saying, '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 to remove the knife.

'They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation,' Rouhani said.

'Pakistan Today' was the third Pakistani publication that wrote the Iranian President has dismissed a U.S. call for talks adding there could be no talks as long as Washington was reneging on the deal.

We are always in favour of diplomacy and talks But talks need honesty, Rouhani said. Trump's call for direct talks is only for domestic consumption in America ahead of elections and to create chaos in Iran.

Meanwhile, the 'Business Recorder' reported that President Rouhani has said Iran could hold talks with the United States only if Washington proved its trustworthiness.

Rouhani implied that if the United States signed up again to the nuclear deal and lifted sanctions, then that could pave the ground for negotiations, it said.

'Dunya TV' website reported that the Iranian President said, If you are 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.

'They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation,' Rouhani said. 'Negotiations with sanctions don't make sense,' the Iranian leader said in an interview on state television.

'Radio Pakistan' said Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the US act to re-impose economic sanctions against Iran was psychological warfare.

'Daily Times' also repeated the Iranian President's words where he said, 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.

They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation, Rouhani said, Daily Times reported.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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