Iran’s president has dominated out ever holding bilateral talks with the US.
“There have been numerous provides for talks however our reply will at all times be unfavorable,” Hassan Rouhani advised MPs.
However he stated Iran would conform to resume multilateral talks if all US sanctions on Iran have been lifted.
US President Donald Trump has stated he’s open to renegotiating a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers which Mr Trump unilaterally deserted final yr, reinstating sanctions.
The deal’s different events – the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia – have tried to maintain it alive. However the sanctions put in place by Mr Trump have brought on Iran’s oil exports to break down, the worth of its foreign money to plummet, and despatched inflation hovering.
In July, after Mr Trump tightened the sanctions on Iranian oil exports in an try to pressure it to barter, Iran suspended two commitments enshrined within the deal.
Mr Rouhani has threatened a 3rd, unspecified step until European nations take motion by Thursday to protect the Iranian financial system from the sanctions’ results.
On the G7 summit final week, French President Emmanuel Macron stated he was “satisfied that an settlement” might be discovered if the US and Iranian presidents have been to satisfy.
Mr Trump stated Iranians have been “hurting badly” and that he thought Mr Rouhani was “going to wish to meet and get their state of affairs straightened out”.
The subsequent day, Mr Rouhani signalled that he was prepared for dialogue if the US first lifted its sanctions.
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Media captionFeeling the squeeze: Iran sanctions defined
However in a speech to parliament on Tuesday, he dominated out a bilateral assembly. “The difficulty of bilateral talks just isn’t on the agenda in precept,” he stated.
“If America lifts all of its sanctions – I imagine it doesn’t matter whether or not it returns to the [nuclear deal]; what’s essential is the sanctions – there nonetheless is an opportunity for America to attend conferences of the P5+1 like prior to now,” he stated, referring to the group of powers that negotiated the 2015 accord.
“However this may solely be potential offered that it lifts all sanctions,” he added,
Mr Rouhani additionally warned Europeans nations that they’d till Thursday to honour their guarantees to uphold the financial advantages of the nuclear deal.
“If Europeans should purchase our oil or pre-purchase it, and we are able to have entry to our cash, that may ease the state of affairs and we are able to totally implement the deal,” he stated. “In any other case we’ll take our third step.”
French President Emmanuel Macron has reportedly proposed establishing a $15bn (£12.5bn) line of credit score for Iran, secured by oil, in return for its full compliance with the nuclear deal. That may permit Iran to acquire overseas onerous foreign money.
In July, inspectors from the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company (IAEA) confirmed that Iran had begun enriching uranium above the three.67% restrict set by the nuclear deal and had exceeded a 300kg (660lb) restrict on its stockpile of enriched uranium.
Low-enriched uranium, which has a Three-5% focus, can be utilized to provide gas for nuclear energy crops. Weapons-grade uranium is 90% enriched or extra.
On Monday, an Iranian overseas ministry spokesman stated the third step can be “stronger than the primary and the second steps”, however he gave no additional particulars.
Analysts urged the nation may begin enriching uranium to 20% focus, which might shorten its so-called “break-out time” – the time required for it to provide sufficient fissile materials for a bomb if it selected to take action.
Iran insists that its nuclear programme is completely for peaceable functions.