Tehran rules out holding any direct talks with Washington

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani

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# 23 January 2023 14:02 (UTC +04:00)

The exchange of messages between Tehran and Washington is underway, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani said, pointing out, however, that Iran has not held any direct bilateral negotiations with the US government, APA's Tehran bureau reports.

Addressing his weekly presser on Monday, Kanaani briefed reporters about Tehran's stances on regional and international developments.

For more than 40 years, the US government has had a long history of wrong, unconstructive and destructive approaches toward the Islamic Republic of Iran, the spokesman said, referring to Tehran-Washington relations.

The nature of America's behavior towards the Iranian nation and government is hostile, Kanaani said, adding that regarding the issue of sanctions, the US government has committed gross violations of human rights.

Regarding the last status of JCPOA revival talks, he stressed that Tehran's agenda is pursuing the nuclear issue and lifting the cruel and unilateral sanctions against Iran.

Kanaani further noted that failure to hold official meetings does not mean failure to exchange messages and views.

Referring to the recent rumors about the meeting of Iran's envoy to the UN and the US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley, the Iranian diplomat said that Iran has not held any direct bilateral negotiations with the US government.

With respect to the IAEA's determination to visit Tehran on the nuclear issues, he said that Grossi is not the responsible authority to comment on the issue of nuclear negotiations and the lifting of sanctions.

At the same time, the spokesman noted that Iran's relations with IAEA will continue.

Kanaani, once again, reacted to the EU's decision to blacklist the Islamic Revolution Guard, saying, "Europe must know that Iran has the necessary strength and will to reciprocate such uncalculated and ill-considered actions."

Tehran's measure must be in line with Europe's behavior, he also said, noting that the country will take serious and regretful action in response to such moves.

Referring to IRG's great services to regional countries in the fight against terrorism, the spokesman said that Europe owes the IRG's decisive fight against Daesh [Arabic for ‘ISIS/ISIL’] and Takfiri terrorist groups.