News ID: 217528
Published: 0957 GMT June 30, 2018

Former negotiator: Direct talks with US under pressure not fruitful

Former negotiator: Direct talks with US under pressure not fruitful

A former Iranian nuclear negotiator said on Saturday the idea of direct talks with the US under pressure is not fruitful.

Negotiations under the shadow of pressure, humiliation, threats and accusations is a terrible mistake, Hossein Mousavian said in an interview with IRNA.

He noted that the US President Donald Trump should learn to talk with Iran respectfully.

The Iranian analyst who is also a scholar at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School cautioned about the US efforts to provoke socio-political crises in Iran, and said that resolution of problems is only possible if all people and political parties are united to support the Iranian government.

Mousavian described the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a key test for the European Union, China and Russia.

He added that the coalition of supporters of Iran nuclear deal should use all their capacities to save the JCPOA.

Mousavian pointed to attempts by certain Arab states and Israel to sabotage the JCPOA, and said that it is of no surprise if global Zionism and its Arab allies are trying to sabotage the nuclear deal because it led to removal of Iran sanctions and legitimized Tehran’s nuclear program.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington would pull out of Iran nuclear deal and reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran.

This is while most world powers, including Russia, China, and the European Union have repeatedly stressed that keeping the deal is in the interest of the world peace and security.


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