American offer of talks is not genuine, says Iran

Additional sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S. show that Washington’s offer of talks is not genuine, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Saturday.

The U.S. placed sanctions on Iran’s largest petrochemical holding group on Friday for indirectly supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a step it said aimed to dry up revenues to the elite Iranian military force but that analysts called largely symbolic.

U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would be willing to talk to the Islamic Republic.

“It was only necessary to wait one week until the claim of the President of America about talks with Iran were proven to be hollow,” Mr. Mousavi said in a statement, adding, “the American policy of maximum pressure is a defeated policy.”


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