TEHRAN, Iran — A semi-official Iranian news agency is quoting an aide to the country’s president as saying that he doesn’t see “any reason” for talks between Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani at the next United Nations General Assembly, to be held in September.
Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, a member of the presidency’s political bureau, told the semi-official ISNA news agency on Friday that Iranians have no expectations from Trump after he pulled America out of the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Ravanchi told ISNA: “I do not see any reason for talks between Rouhani and Trump.”
He also added that Iranians have no expectations from Trump after the US president in May pulled America out of the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
The United States reimposed stiff economic sanctions on Iran on Monday, ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies, three months after Trump pulled out of the international accord limiting Iran’s nuclear activities.
Trump declared that the landmark 2015 agreement was “horrible,” leaving the Iranian government flush with cash to fuel conflict in the Middle East. Trump warned that those who don’t wind down their economic ties to Iran “risk severe consequences.”
Iran accused the US of reneging on the nuclear agreement, signed by the Obama administration, and of causing recent Iranian economic unrest.
European allies said they “deeply regret” the US action.
Trump said in a statement, “We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.”
A first set of reimposed US sanctions impact financial transactions that involve US dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes, and metals including gold.
A second batch of US sanctions targeting Iran’s oil sector and central bank are to be reimposed in early November.