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Why Iran cannot negotiate with US?

Tehran, US President Donald Trump's efforts to meet with Iranian officials is at a time when some White House members whisper about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's 12 clauses (nonsense demands from Iran) make the Islamic Republic more pessimistic about the current government of the United States.

For some time now, President Donald Trump is proposing talks with Tehran on various occasions and different podiums, and he is keen to show his eagerness to sit at the negotiating table with Iranian officials.

Accordingly, highranking Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, have repeatedly declared their stances.

On the eve of International Quds Day, President Rouhani emphasized that the yardstick for Iran is action because actions speak louder than words.

The Iranian president said that whenever the US officials cease oppressing Iranians, abandon the cruel sanctions, comply with their obligations and return to the negotiating table it is only then that they can propose to negotiate with Iran.

From Rouhani's words, it can be concluded that conditions for negotiations with the United States is returning to the JCPOA and dialogue within the framework of Iran and the Group 5 + 1 (the agreement that Trump withdrew from in May 2018) followed by the implementation of the secondary sanctions in two stages against Iran.

Therefore, not only the Iranian president, but also other Iranian officials, consider preconditions for talks as the cancellation of sanctions, return to the JCPOA, the fulfillment of the US obligations in framework of the nuclear agreement and related issues as prerequisite to any kind of dialogue with the White House.

Trump, on the one hand, expressed his desire to negotiate, while uses the leverage and exerting pressure as well as threatening Iran. Last week in Japan, he talked about Iran in soft tone and noted, "We are not looking for regime change in Iran."

"We are looking at Iran not to have nuclear weapons," he said, adding, "I believe Iran is willing to negotiate and if they want to negotiate, we also want to."

But on the other hand, there are US threatening tools that include the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, the deployment of the Patriot system and the B52 bombers in the region..

Meanwhile, the US officials have just announced that 1,500 troops have been deployed to the Middle East. Trump's use of various pressure tools to force Tehran to seat behind the negotiating table is a policy that may be effective in relation to some regional and international actors, but the observers say that it will not work for Iran. Undoubtedly, the continuation of such a doublestandard policy will further sow the seed of distrust in the minds of Iranian people and officials about American policies.

In the positions recently adopted by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Foreign Ministry officials on the issue of negotiating with Trump, pessimism and distrust pertaining to Trump's policies is evident.

In May, Iran's Supreme Leader in his meeting with the country's senior officials referred to negotiation with the United States as poison and emphasized that the definitive option of the Iranian nation in dealing with the enemy is resistance in all areas.

These words of the Supreme Leader were again repeated with different literature on the eve of Quds Day. On May 29 in a threehour meeting with thousands of faculty members and universities professors, Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that "negotiation is the US tactics to complete the strategy of exerting pressure on Iran".

Americans usually have one strategy and one tactic to achieve their goals. Their strategy is "pressure" to exhaust the other side and then use "negotiation" as a supplement to pressure to achieve their demands."

Foreign ministry officials have always opposed any kind of talks with the Americans who have left the nuclear deal and with their maximum pressure are following a different agreement. Accordingly, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi devoted a part of his talk with the Qatari official on the United States and denied any talks with Washington in Qatar last Tuesday.

As mentioned, the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran consider committing to obligations and returning to the JCPOA as a condition for negotiation with the United States while the White House, despite having attempted to negotiate with Tehran, has considered the 12 conditions of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a roadmap of possible negotiations; the fact that was revealed recently by the State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus and expressed her hope that "Iran will be present at the negotiating table in the light of these conditions and behave like a normal country".

Stopping uranium enrichment, shutting down the heavy water reactor in Arak, allowing full and unconditional access to the IAEA for the inspection of all sites throughout Iran, the end of the ballistic missile program, the release of all American citizens and allies, the abandonment of Iran's support for the Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, Iran's withdrawal from Syria were just a few of those conditions.

With a brief look at Pompeo's nonsense demands, one can answer the question "Why Iran cannot negotiate with Trump's America?"

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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