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02:48 AM, May 24, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:49 AM, May 24, 2019

Iran says no talks with US ‘under any circumstances’

Iran will not hold talks with the United States “under any circumstances” while the rights of the Islamic republic are not respected, said an official quoted yesterday by state media.

“We have said clearly... as long as the rights of our nation are not satisfied, as long as words don’t change into action, our path will stay the same as now,” said Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman of the Supreme National Security Council.

“There will be no talks under any circumstances,” he was quoted as saying by the official state news agency IRNA.

Khosravi said there had been an uptick in official delegations travelling to Tehran from various capitals, although “most of them are coming on behalf of America”.

“Without exception we have responded with the message of the Iranian nation’s strength, reason and resistance” in line with the policies of the Islamic republic, he added.

Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusef Bin Alavi arrived in Tehran on Monday followed by the German foreign ministry’s political director Jens Plotner yesterday.

Despite its efforts to isolate Iran, the United States said it welcomed the initiative and noted that Germany had diplomatic relations with Tehran.

“So we think that this is normal behaviour between two states. And we appreciate any efforts by the Germans to help de-escalate the situation,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told reporters in Washington.

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