Iran Dismisses Trump’s Passing of his Phone Number to Negotiate

Saul Bowman
Мая 14, 2019

"Nobody is going to call Trump, and eventually the Americans will be forced to raise the issue of negotiations with Iran in a serious way", he added. Antagonism between the countries, already high, has worsened this month since Trump eliminated exceptions to USA sanctions on Iranian oil.

The choice of Switzerland may seem unusual, but the Swiss carry out diplomatic duties on behalf of the Iran and serve as a channel for diplomacy. "If there's some sort of conflagration between Iran and the United States, between Iran and its neighbours, I'm not ruling out that they will activate Hizbollah and Islamic Jihad from Gaza, or even that they will try to fire missiles from Iran at the State of Israel", Steinitz, a member of Netanyahu's security cabinet, told Israel's Ynet TV.

When asked about what the Iranian Foreign Ministry will do with Trump's alleged phone number, Araghchi said that "if required, they have our number".

American B-52 bombers have also arrived at a US base in Qatar, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said.

Administration officials said that the sanctions are created to bite Iran's economy beyond the oil sector, which provides most of the nation's wealth, and that Mr. Trump is prepared to go further if provoked.

He added, "If [the Americans] make a move we will hit them in the head".

He said the United States position will weaken with time, and there are now no grounds for negotiations with Washington.

And on Wednesday, Iran threatened to renew some nuclear enrichment that had been halted under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers - a year after Trump pulled America from the accord, saying it does nothing to stop Iran from developing missiles or destabilizing the Middle East.

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Although EU leaders blame the United States for forcing Tehran to retaliate, it is urging Tehran not to take the steps now threatened since they might be seen as legally breaching the deal's terms.

The Swiss embassy in Tehran represents U.S. interests in the Islamic Republic as the two countries severed relations after the 1980 Iran revolution.

Trump himself says he's ready to talk.

The heightened tension over Iran's nuclear program comes just after the US dispatched the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier and bombers into the Persian Gulf in answer to intelligence reports warning Iran will strike USA resources, allies or interests. Trump was asked Thursday about Bolton in light of recent turmoil in Venezuela, North Korea and Iran - all places where the USA has taken a strong stand without much progress.

That strategy is presently being put to this test as tension escalates between Tehran and Washington and as both sides seem willing to negotiate an end.

The paper also said the Europeans are in disarray in the face of Washington's bid to pressurize Iran, with German foreign policy agreeing more with Tehran than its ally in Washington.

CNN reported on Friday that the White House had passed a telephone number to the Swiss for contacting U.S. President Donald Trump in case Iranian officials want to hold talks.

Deputy parliamentary group leader for the German SPD party, Rolf Mützenich, urged the German government to push for a UN Security Council resolution "requiring strict compliance with worldwide law in the Middle East".

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