US President Donald Trump announced that the United States will not lift the sanctions imposed on Iran to negotiate with it, in response to an interview published by Der Spiegel newspaper with Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif, in which he indicated his country’s readiness to negotiate with Washington in the event that the sanctions were lifted, according to what Reuters reported today (Sunday).
“Trump,” said in a tweet published in English and later in Persian late yesterday evening: “The Iranian foreign minister mentioned that Iran wants to negotiate with the United States but wants to lift the sanctions. No thanks!”
In turn, Zarif responded today by publishing an extract from the Der Spiegel interview published Friday, indicating that Iran is still open to negotiations with America if the sanctions are lifted.
The degree of tension between Iran and the United States reached its highest level in decades after Washington killed a prominent Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a plane attack in Baghdad on January 3, which prompted Iran to launch missiles at bases in Iraq that include American forces after days.