Iran calls US offer for talks ‘word-play,’ asks for action, says a report

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Reacting to a US offer to engage with Iran without pre-conditions, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that Tehran expected a change in US behavior rather than “word-play.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the United States is prepared to engage with Iran without pre-conditions about its nuclear program but needs to see the country behaving like “a normal nation.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not pay attention to word-play and expression of hidden agenda in new forms. What matters is the change of US general approach and actual behavior towards the Iranian nation,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.

“Pompeo’s emphasis on the continuation of maximum pressure on Iran is the same old wrong policy that needs reform.”

On Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani suggested that Iran may be willing to hold talks if the United States showed respect and followed international rules, but Tehran would not be pressured into negotiations, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

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