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President Rouhani Rejects Talks With Washington

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected talks with the United States on Tuesday.

According to details, Tehran rejected talks with Washington after President Donald Trump said Iran would call and ask for negotiations “if and when they are ever ready”.

“Today’s situation is not suitable for talks and our choice is resistance only,” state news agency IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying.

Tehran and Washington have escalated rhetoric against each other in recent weeks as the United States has tightened sanctions with what it says is the goal of pushing Iran to make concessions beyond the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump said on Monday that Iran would be met with “great force” if it attempted anything against U.S. interests in the Middle East. He said reports Washington was trying to set up talks were false, but “Iran will call us if and when they are ever ready”.