Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran's Rouhani says Tehran will never talk to US under pressure

Iran's Rouhani says Tehran will never talk to US under pressure

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran. Iran responded with a missile strike on an Iraqi base that houses US coalition troops.

According to Rouhani, Iran will carry on resisting "with the same strength and power next year", which will eventually see "the enemy" returning to the negotiating table.

Among the events contributing to the hostility are Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran in 2018 and reimposed sanctions.

Rouhani said Sunday Iran would never negotiate with the United States under pressure, but invited the rejoin the nuclear agreement.

Asked about whom he favored in November's USA elections, Rouhani expressed little interest, saying there was no difference for Iran between the Democrats and Republicans.

In January, Trump ordered a USA drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Iran took the right path to development, despite being affected by the US coercive and restrictive measures, said the president, adding that Iran will never surrender to selfishness and the pressures from (US President Donald) Trump.

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The Iranian leader added that war would be harmful to U.S. interests and those of its regional allies, as well as Iran.

Rouhani also emphasised that "securing peace and stability in the sensitive region of Middle East and in the Persian Gulf is impossible without Iran's help".

"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.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday Riyadh had contacted Iran after the killing of Soleimani, but when Iran had responded the contact had ended.

Zarif's comments were dismissed by his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud who said there had been neither private messages nor direct contacts between the two countries.

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