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Iran to Meet P5+1 Leaders Once Sanctions Lifted: Rouhani

2019-12-04 14:38:38
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the country is ready to sit for talks with the leaders of the P5+1 group of countries shortly after Washington removes the unlawful anti-Iran sanctions.

“If America lifts the sanctions, we are ready to talk and negotiate, even at the level of heads of the 5+1 countries (major powers),” Rouhani told the 26th Insurance and Development Conference in Tehran.

“America wanted to transfer the burden that was on its shoulder to Iran. We wanted to break this plot and conspiracy, and tell the world we have no problem for talks and connection, but we want the US president to remove all the sanctions first, and then we’ll meet one hour later,” he stressed.

"I hereby announce that whenever the United States is ready to lift all illegal, unjust and terrorist sanctions, Iran and P5+1 leaders will meet right away, and we have no problem in this regard," he said.

"We announced that if the Americans lift all sanctions, we can have a meeting an hour later, because all P5+1 leaders were there, but they wanted the meeting to happen first and then lift the sanctions".

There’s no barrier from the Iranian side for meeting with the heads of 5+1 nations, Rouhani said.

He said Iran has no other option but to defy those who imposed sanctions on Tehran, “but we have not closed the window on talks.”

"Trump wanted to act like what Reagan did towards the former Soviet Union, but he didn't know that the Iranian nation, society, culture, young people, entrepreneurs and authorities defend their independence and dignity no matter what.”

"It should be recorded in history that Iran signed an agreement with 6 major world powers, and they violated it, but it was not us who violated it, and we are still living up to it," he said

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