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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran is prepared to deal with the U.S. government if sanctions are lifted – a statement intended to make Iran look reasonable, even though it has demanded an unconditional end to sanctions as a precondition for negotiations many times in the past.
“The moment you stop sanctions and bullying, we are ready to negotiate,” Rouhani said on Sunday.
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“We have always believed in talks,” Rouhani claimed. “If they lift sanctions, end the imposed economic pressure and return to the deal, we are ready to hold talks with America today, right now and anywhere.”
His reference to “the deal” meant the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 arrangement the United States withdrew from under President Donald Trump in 2018.
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The Iranian president also claimed on Sunday that American sanctions against Iran have been a failure, the latest installment in Iran’s passive-aggressive game of claiming the sanctions are either completely ineffective or the cause of all of Iran’s economic woes.
“During the past 14 months, the U.S. has imposed the harshest sanctions against the Iranian people. However, any route that the U.S. has taken, be it political, social and legal, has led to failure,” Rouhani declared, as reported by the Tehran Times.
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In the very same article, the Tehran Times quoted Rouhani giving a different speech on Sunday in which he admitted Iranians are “economically in a difficult situation” but insisted “it is wrong to say that the problems are rooted in the government’s incompetence.”
Also on Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry declared Tehran has not held “talks with...
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