US to blame for burning bridges with Iran: Rouhani

Press TV – President Hassan Rouhani has once against dismissed Washington’s offer of talks with Iran, which followed its unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the US, itself, burned the bridges for negotiations with Tehran.

Currently, the Islamic Republic is holding talks with the entire world, the Iranian chief executive said, addressing a government meeting on Wednesday.

Rouhani, however, said, “The US itself has acted in such a way that has destroyed the circumstances required for negotiations. It has destroyed the bridges itself.”

“Now, it (the US) is standing on the other side, asking ‘how am I supposed to cross?’” he noted, adding, “If it is talking honestly, it should fix the bridge again.”

In a hostile move, US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington in May from the landmark nuclear agreement and decided to re-impose the unilateral sanctions against Iran.

The White House has vowed the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran unless the country fulfills a list of US demands.

The US president said on July 30 that he is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart “any time they want to,” adding, ““No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet.”

Trump’s offer of talks came only days after he threatened Iran in a tweet addressed to President Rouhani and said, “You will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”

In response, Iranian statesmen and military officials joined voices to reject that offer, saying Tehran will not negotiate under pressure and threats.

On Monday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Islamic Republic would not enter into new negotiations with the United States due to the cheating and bullying nature of its government.