Iran's Rouhani says Tehran will never talk to U.S. under pressure

Clay Curtis
February 18, 2020

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said on February 16 that Tehran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure.

Although the situation is tougher than previous year... all the indicators show that we have overcome the issue of maximum American pressure.

"There is no doubt that Americans have come to the conclusion today that the path and strategy they had chosen was based on a miscalculation and will not affect the great Iranian nation". Iran "will never yield to America's pressure" and will not negotiate "from a position of weakness".

"Despite what the ill-wishers wanted, our problems this year are less than last year, and despite the fact that conditions are tougher than last year, all social, security and economic indices show that the United States' maximum pressure has failed and is now behind us", Rouhani said during a press conference with domestic and worldwide media in Tehran on Sunday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has claimed he doesn't believe the United States will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid. Maximum pressure has failed. "We are faced with better circumstances in the region in comparison with two years ago and we have unity in the country", he emphasized. "Until this is done, negotiations with United States will not be possible".

Rouhani emphasized that every country in the region should enjoy peace without exception, otherwise the region would see stability fade away. According to worldwide reports, he further added that Iran's contribution is essential for the establishment of peace in the Middle East region. "What is important to us is our own national interests".

Mr Rouhani also encouraged Iranians to turnout in large numbers for parliamentary elections on Friday, as a show of defiance against the US.

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Iran has been involved in decades of regional proxy wars with its key regional rival Saudi Arabia, from Syria to Iraq. "However, the most important issue in the region is now the issue of Yemen".

"The US regime should also explain its extensive ties with countries that are alien to even the simplest forms of elections", Mousavi went on to say.

The announcement came amid a severe escalation of tensions in the region after top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike on 3 January, which was authorised by President Donald Trump.

The measure, which headed to the House, reflected lawmakers' concerns that USA tensions with Iran could escalate into a full-fledged war. "Same day we said yes, no response".

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