Iran-U.S. Stand-Off Continues

A senior Iranian official told TV7, on condition of anonymity, that “the Islamic Republic would be willing to consider negotiating with the United States if the latter would lift its sanctions and offer Tehran concrete incentives.”

While the source refused to respond to a question on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, his country’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Seyyed Abbas Mousavi underlined during a press conference that the Islamic Republic will deem its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal ‘null and void.’ He said: “Until no practical and tangible steps are taken and the legal rights of Iran in the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action are not supplied, we will proceed with our reduction of obligations. There are a few days left and they (referring to the Europeans) know what they need to do. If we see that nothing is done we will proceed with our second step.”

While the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson alluded to a perceived “reduction of tension” after President Donald Trump decided to avert a deadly retaliatory strike on the Islamic Republic; the regime in Tehran continues with its repeated efforts to convince the international community in general, and its public in particular, that the United States is the root of the current situation. According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: “We welcome any reduction of tension; we do not want an increase in the tension and the problems after that. But we refer all parties that are searching for such approaches to the roots and cause of these tensions and problems, which is the lies and economical terrorism brought against the nation of Iran.”