New nuclear deal: Iran says no new negotiations with US

Iran sees “no prospect of negotiations with America”, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said today, one day after US President Donald Trump said a new nuclear deal was a “possibility”.

“We do not have any talks with the US, and our basis is on respecting international pacts to which the US can return,” Abbas Mousavi told Fars news agency in Tehran.

Mousavi’s comments refer to the US’ withdrawal from the landmark 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, saying it had ruined the chance for negotiation.

“Iran pays no attention to words; what matters to us is a change of approach and behaviour,” he added.

Mousavi’s comments come a day after Trump said he “believe[d] that Iran would like to make a deal … I think that’s a possibility to happen.”

Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in May last year, saying that he wanted a “better deal”.

The nuclear deal between Iran, the US, the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China – exchanged sanction relief for Tehran limiting its uranium storage and enrichment.

During the press conference, Trump also said that the US was not seeking “regime change” – a term that he was reportedly “frustrated” with his advisors using, according to reports from senior American officials earlier this month.

“Actions – not words – will show whether or not that’s Donald Trump’s intent,” Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, tweeted in response yesterday.

Zarif’s tweet added that the “#B_Team” – Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed – were the cause of “economic terrorism” against Iran.

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