U.S. Will Not Lift Sanctions to Negotiate With Iran: Trump

The United States will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to negotiate, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted late on Saturday, seemingly in response to a Der Spiegel interview with Iran’s foreign minister.

“Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed. @FoxNews @OANN No Thanks!” Trump tweeted in English on Saturday and later in Farsi.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Sunday by tweeting an excerpt from the interview with Der Spiegel published on Friday, where he said Iran is still open to negotiations with America if sanctions are lifted.

“@realdonaldtrump is better advised to base his foreign policy comments & decisions on facts, rather than @FoxNews headlines or his Farsi translators,” Zarif said in the tweet with the interview excerpt.

Tensions between Iran and the United States have reached the highest levels in decades after the U.S. killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3, prompting Iran to fire missiles days later at bases in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed. 

Tensions between the two have been increasing steadily since Trump pulled the United States out of Iran’s nuclear pact with world powers in 2018 and reimposed sanctions that have driven down Iran’s oil exports and hammered its economy.

(Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Tom Hogue)

Responses

  1. Only spineless idiots like #44 seeking reelection would lift sanctions without committed concessions from the weak side. What incentive would they have without sanctions? Clearly such persons would have limited real-life experience and be easily manipulated in negotiations. Just like Obozo.

  2. The Iranians have continuously lied to America in the past. They want sanctions lifted before negotiations? How stupid do they think Trump is? All they would do if sanctions were lifted would be to delay, delay, delay, stall, lie and prolong the discussions while their economy recovers. They would never stop what they are doing and are only seeking relief. Ain’t gonna happen unless Democrats get in and appease them like Obama did. if they are serious about negotiations then let them make the first move. We have them right where we want them and they are hurting.

    1. All of the signees of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed that Iran kept their word and that the deal was working. There is no denying of that.

      It was King Donald The Loser that messed it all up, even though he was warned not to leave the agreement.

  3. Gotta love Trump he’s going to put the screws to them until their own people rise up and overthrow the corrupt regime. I’ll bet those mullahs aren’t sleeping very well at night knowing that Trump won’t hesitate to take them out if they do something stupid. KAGA2020

  4. GOOD!! Iran needs the sanctions lifted because the country is in a mess. Previous administrations would have given in just like they gave in to China, North Korea and any other country that said “Boo” to them.

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