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Iran rejects calling for US talks

Source: Press TV

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the Islamic Republic has not made an official request for talks with the United States.

"We have always reiterated the Islamic Republic's stance towards the US approaches [in the Middle East] and Washington's foreign policies, " IRNA quoted Mottaki as saying at a joint press conference with his Cambodian counterpart, Hor Namhong, in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday.

Pointing to the possibility of any talks in the future between Iran and the United States, the Iranian minister said the US is struggling with its failure in the region due to its incorrect policy, especially during the past decade.

The Islamic Republic has continuously announced that it will not tolerate coercion or intimidation by US officials.

"We suggest that the US rectify its incorrect policy failures and adopt a constructive and transparent approach, free of propaganda, for the implementation of the Tehran declaration and a fuel swap deal," Mottaki added.

In May, Brazil and Turkey brokered a deal in Tehran where Iran agreed to send 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel for the medical research reactor in Tehran.

However, the US and its European allies snubbed the declaration and used their influence in the UN Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, followed by a series of sanctions from the US and the EU, that target Iran's energy and banking sectors.

Iranian officials have reiterated that Iran is self-sufficient and can meet its own demands; sanctions will bear no fruit, but harm the sanction-sponsoring countries.

Earlier, the spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Kazem Jalali, announced that strategy for any future talks with the United States would be decided upon by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Jalali stressed that should the Leader give permission and establish the strategy, then the US might officially request discussion with the Islamic Republic.

The Cambodian foreign minister, for his part, stressed that his country is opposed to any unilateral sanction against Iran and condemns such policies.

The Cambodian minister emphasized on amiable political relations between the two countries, as well as enhancing economic relations.

Washington severed all diplomatic ties with Tehran in the aftermath of the US Embassy takeover in Iran, shortly after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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