Iran calls US offer for talks pointless

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s and Trump administration’s remarks on US-Iran talks look like they are playing the good cop - bad cop, RISS expert Vladimir Fitin considers. American officials are putting strong pressure on Iran by intoducing fresh economic sanctions, which have already reduced Iranian oil exports almost to zero. Moreover, Washington is putting pressure on partner countries to stop their economic cooperation with Tehran. At the same time, the US is increasing military pressure: sends warships to the Persian Gulf, deploys B-52 bombers to Qatar and Patriot missiles to the Middle East.

Iran reacted very quickly in such a situation and called US offer for talks pointless. Tehran has also noted that the White House should first lift sanctions to start a dialogue. Trump administration in its turn says it will negotiate with Iran with ‘no preconditions’. Washington demands that Iran must halt its nuclear weapons program such as ending the proliferation of ballistic missiles and stop supporting its allies in the region. It is unlikely that Iran’s leaders consider these demands acceptable.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke about his desire to establish a dialogue with Iran during Trump's visit to Tokyo. He said that ‘he has a strong relationship with the Iranian leadership and he is planning a trip to Tehran to reduce tensions in the region. However, the future will show how the events will unfold,’ RISS expert underscored.

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