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Iran Ready To Talk With US if Sanctions Are Lifted, Says Rouhani

IRAN -- A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on July 3, 2019 shows President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran.

President Hassan Rouhani has said once again on Sunday July 14 that Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts the sanctions it has imposed on Iran and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Rouhani said this during a meeting of the administrative and planning council of Northern Khorasan Province.

He also called for an end to U.S. economic pressures on Iran as a precondition for holding talks with the United States.

"If America stops to be arrogant, we are always prepared to hold talks even this very moment," Rouhani said, adding "Stop tyranny and aggression and avert your sanctions and return to negotiating table."

He stressed: "We are a logical and rational nation and ready to talk."

The United States withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran and called for a comprehensive deal that would limit Tehran's nuclear and missile program and stop its intervention in the affairs of regional countries. Iran has refused to accept to talk about anything beyond its nuclear program.

In 2018 the United States re-imposed the sanctions that had been lifted since Iran accepted the 2015 nuclear deal. The ensuing pressures has paralyzed the Iranian economy.

Coupled with the inefficiency and systematic corruption of the government, the economic pressures have brought Iran's oil export to a minimum and limited its ability to repatriate its oil revenues.

In another speech earlier on Sunday in Shirvan in the Northern Khorassan Province, Rouhani once again denied the impact of U.S. pressures and said defiantly: "Those who in the White House claim they can defeat the Iranian economy should know that what they say is not right."

Within a few hours, however, he called on the U.S. to return to negotiating table.