Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected any talks with the United States and called on Tuesday for the government to be given more power to run the sanctions-hit economy in an “economic war”.
President Donald Trump withdrew the United States a year ago from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and global powers under which Tehran curbed its uranium enrichment capacity, a potential pathway to a nuclear bomb, and won sanctions relief in return.
Trump restored US sanctions on Iran last year and has ratcheted them up this month, ordering all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own.
Washington says it aims to push Tehran into fresh negotiations on a broader arms control deal. Iran has repeatedly rejected any further negotiations as long as the United States remains outside the nuclear pact.
“Today’s situation is not suitable for talks and our choice is resistance only,” the state news agency IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying.
Trump said on Monday that Iran would be met with “great force” if it attempted anything against US interests in the Middle East, adding that he was willing to have talks with Tehran “when they’re ready”.
Rouhani compared the situation to Iran’s war in the 1980s against Iraq, when hundreds of thousands of people were killed, and said the government needed similar powers to those it was given at the time to manage the economy.
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