Iran continues to reject talks with US

Friday, 2018-08-10 13:59:41
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NDO - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on August 8 that it will rule out any negotiation with the US while accusing Washington of pursuing "erratic policies" in the relations with Tehran. The minister noted that US President Donald Trump’s decisions and words to call on Iran to negotiate are only a part of propaganda trickery, according to Reuters and Vietnam News Agency.

* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to hold meetings with leaders of the five Caspian Sea littoral countries during his upcoming visit to the Kazakh city of Aktau on August 11. Deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaili said that the Iranian President will attend the Caspian Sea summit, sign the meeting’s joint statement and several other important and strategic documents on cooperation among the five Caspian states.

* Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said that Turkey will continue to buy natural gas from Iran despite US sanctions against Tehran. A Turkish delegation is in Washington to discuss with US officials about this issue.

* The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement stating that the US unilateral sanctions on Iran has nothing to do with international law and fair trade, and thus the threat of potential sanctions won't affect Beijing's sovereign right to freely choose its business partners. The statement emphasised that China’s commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions.

* The German Finance Ministry denied a media report suggesting it would give Iran permission to withdraw EUR300 million in cash from bank accounts held in Germany. Iran's request was still being studied, the ministry said in a statement. The US government is pressing Germany to reject Iran's bid to withdraw the cash because Washington says the money could be transferred to fund armed groups in the Middle East.