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Iran Talks Tough With Visiting Diplomats Trying To Calm Tensions

Abbas Araqchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister in a TV interview, May 9, 2019.

Iran will not hold talks with the U.S. "under any circumstances" while the rights of the Islamic republic are not respected, said an official quoted Thursday by state media.

Meanwhile, a German diplomat visiting Tehran for talks on preserving the 2015 nuclear deal was told that Iran’s patience was over and the treaty's remaining signatories should fulfil their commitments after the United States pulled out, the Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

Jens Ploetner, a political director in the German Foreign Ministry, met Iranian Deputy Foreing Minister Abbas Araqchi. A German diplomatic source told Reuters that talks with other Iranian official were also planned.

Iran demands that three European signatories of the nuclear agreement; the United Kingdom, France and Germany, must help facilitate trade to neutralize U.S. sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

At the same time, the spokesman of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Kayvan Khosravi told local 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.”

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

Khosravi said more official delegations are traveling 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 on Thursday.

Oman played a crucial role in bringing Iranian and US negotiators together for preliminary talks that ultimately led to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with major powers including the United States.

Reporting by Reuters, AFP