Rouhani: no talks unless US sanctions gone


Iran has no intention to talk to the US unless all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani says, a day after President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to end a nuclear stand-off.

“Tehran has never wanted nuclear weapons,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television on Tuesday, adding that the country was always ready to hold talks.

“But first the US should act by lifting all illegal, unjust and unfair sanctions imposed on Iran,” he added.

“We will continue to scale back our commitments under the 2015 deal if our interests are not guaranteed,” Rouhani said.