Iran: US sends messages 'every day' to begin negotiations

Iran: US sends messages 'every day' to begin negotiations
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the U.S. sends messages "every day" to start negotiations between the two countries.

“From one side they try to pressure the people of Iran, on another side they send us messages every day through various methods that we should come and negotiate together,” Rouhani said Saturday in a speech aired on state television, Reuters reported.


Relations between Washington and Tehran soured after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE pulled out of the nuclear agreement reached under the Obama administration. Tensions grew further after Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran last month. More sanctions are expected to go into effect in November against Iran’s oil industry.

The sanctions have helped drive a weakening of Iran’s currency and rampant inflation.

“When I came into here, it was a question of when would they take over the Middle East,” Trump told Bloomberg News last month. “Now it’s a question of will they survive. It’s a big difference in 1 1/2 years." 

Trump has said he’s open to renegotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, but Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei poured cold water on the prospect.

“Negotiations with former U.S. officials, who at least saved some face, bore such results! With current brazen U.S. officials—who have unsheathed their swords against Iranians—what negotiations can we have? Thus no negotiations with any U.S. official at any level will be held,” he tweeted last month. 

A United Nations watchdog reported in August that Iran was still complying with the nuclear deal.