Iran’s first vice-president has ruled out holding talks with the Donald Trump administration, saying the increasingly antagonistic stance of the US on Iran shows such talks will bear no fruits.
“According to a majority of the country’s elites, negotiations with the US are not acceptable, considering its hostile and disrespectful policy against the Iranian government,” Es’haq Jahangiri said in a meeting with heads of top Iranian universities in Tehran.
Two weeks ago, Trump said he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with no preconditions to discuss ways of improving ties between the two countries.
This is while Trump in early May withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran signed by his predecessor Barack Obama and other world powers, and ordered tough US sanctions on Tehran.
Trump is also pushing the world to cut trade with Iran and cut down to zero oil purchases from the Islamic Republic.
Jahangiri said the US has launched a full-fledged psychological operation to damage the country’s social capital and shatter the Iranian’s hope for the future.
“The adversaries are making every effort to wage a psychological and media war to make the Iranian people worried about the future of the country and the system,” Tasnim News Agency quoted him as saying.
The vice-president said the country is capable of overcoming economic challenges and pushing back the US.
Iran is talking with other parties to the 2015 nuclear pact, who are at odds with the US over its withdrawal from JCPOA, to salvage the accord.