Iranian MPs gearing up to ban talks with US

TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) – Members of the Iranian Parliament are signing a statement that condemns and bans any kind of negotiations with the US, an MP told Mehr on Tuesday.

Iranian lawmaker Ahmad Alirezabeigi told Mehr correspondent on Tuesday that MPs are signing a statement that condemns and bans any kind of negotiations with the US administration.

The MP from Tabriz said the statement is in reaction to the remarks made by President Rouhani regarding talks with the US.

According to the statement, holding negotiations with the US under the current situation and given the US’ withdrawal from the nuclear deal, will be harmful to the interests of the Iranian nation and thus, is condemned and prohibited, he added.

President Rouhani, speaking today at a local event, said the key to “positive developments” is in the hands of Washington, stressing that the only way for the current situation to change is if the US removed all sanctions against Iran.

Tensions started to build up between the US and Iran after President Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, and imposed sanctions against Tehran in a bid to restrict the country's trade transactions with the world. The Trump administration has been making empty calls for talks, but the Islamic Republic stresses that as long as sanctions are in place and the US refuses to return to the JCPOA, negotiations will be meaningless. 

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