Iranian official: Trump 'holding a gun' while pursuing talks

Iranian official: Trump 'holding a gun' while pursuing talks
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A top Iranian official has reportedly accused the U.S. of “holding a gun” at Tehran while calling for negotiations. 

“The actions of American leaders in exerting pressure and launching sanctions ... while speaking of talks, is like holding a gun at someone and asking for friendship and negotiations,” Rasoul Sanai-Rad, a political deputy of the armed forces command, told the semi-official news agency Mehr on Friday, according to Reuters.

“The behavior of American leaders is a political game which consists of threats and pressure while showing a willingness to negotiate in order to present a peaceful image of themselves and fool public opinion,” Sanai-Rad added.


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said this week that his country would not engage in talks on another nuclear agreement with the U.S., saying such talks would be "poison." 

The White House, meanwhile, has delivered mixed messages on Iran this week. President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE dismissed a report that he was preparing to deploy 120,000 troops to the Middle East, but said he would send more than that if it became necessary. He has also said multiple times that he does not want to go to war with Iran. 

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump was frustrated with his top advisers, including national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet Many Democrats want John Bolton's testimony, but Pelosi stays mum Trump envoy says US ready to talk to North Korea but rebukes Pyongyang counterpart MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Amazon backtracks, says email asking employees to delete TikTok was sent in error Amazon asks employees to delete TikTok from mobile devices: report MORE, over their aggressive stances with Iran and wanted to speak to officials in Tehran himself.

Congressional leaders on Thursday received a confidential Iran briefing.