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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that he will not negotiate deal unless the U.S. lifts economic sanctions

According to CBS, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated Tuesday that a meeting with President Donald Trump would be “merely a photo-op” if the U.S. refused to lift economic sanctions on Tehran. In a statement released Tuesday morning, the Iranian President stated that, “In the relations between Iran and the U.S., we will not witness any positive development unless the U.S. abandons the sanctions and corrects the wrong path it has chosen.” ~

Rouhani’s statement comes just a day after President Trump said Monday that there is a “really good chance” that the two leaders could have a surprise intervention, arranged by French President Emmanuel Macron during the G7 summit, in which the two powers discuss their nuclear impasse and how they can solve the issue after decades of conflict. The recent conflict has escalated in previous months due to Iran committing two major violations of the 2015 Iranian Nuclear Deal – a deal that sought to halt the expansion of Iran’s nuclear program – as well as being a main contributor to tensions in the Persian Gulf. These violations, which include taking actions to enrich Uranium to higher levels than the limit set in the 2015 Iranian Nuclear Deal, as well as exceeding its internationally-agreed stockpile limit of low enriched Uranium, both come in response to Iran’s repeated threats to carry out such actions if European nations didn’t provide some level of relief from U.S. sanctions and negotiate a new nuclear deal, or work harder to keep the old deal alive (Wall Street Journal, 2019). ~

A meeting between the Presidents of Iran and the U.S. would mark the first face-to-face talks between the two countries in over forty years – since the Tehran hostage crisis (The New York Times, 2019). Former President Barack Obama, however, talked to Rouhani via telephone in 2013. Although tensions continue to rise between Iran and the United States, it is believed a meeting between the two countries is likely within the next few weeks, regardless if this deal spurs negotiations on a nuclear deal. ~

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