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Iran's Zarif: 'There will be no meeting' with US

AFP  |  Tehran 

Iran's said today there would be no meeting with the in the near future following Washington's reimposition of sanctions.

Asked by the conservative agency if there was any plan to meet US Mike Pompeo, said: "No, there will be no meeting." He said there were also no plans for a meeting with US officials on the sidelines of the next month, which both Iranian and his US counterpart are due to attend.

"On Trump's recent proposal (of talks), our official stance was announced by the and by us. Americans are not honest and their addiction to sanctions does not allow any negotiation to take place," told

It was Iran's most explicit rejection of talks to date, after much speculation that economic pressure would force its leaders back to the table with The US reimposed sanctions on Tuesday, following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between and major powers in May.

Zarif met repeatedly with then US during the agreement's negotiation and implementation.

Rouhani said last week that "always welcomed negotiations" but that would first have to demonstrate it can be trusted.

"If you're an enemy and you stab the other person with a knife and then you say you want negotiations, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 16:15 IST
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