August 6, 2018 / 5:39 PM / 3 months ago

Iran's Rouhani says Trump's call for talks aimed at creating chaos in Iran

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday Tehran could hold talks with the United States only if Washington proved its trustworthiness after it exited a nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo

“We are always in favour of diplomacy and talks ... But talks needs honesty ... The U.S. reimposes sanctions on Iran and pulls out of the (2015) nuclear deal, and then wants to hold talks with us,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

“Trump’s call for direct talks is only for domestic consumption in America ... and to create chaos in Iran.”

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; editing by Andrew Roche

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