ATLANTICIST AGONY: Iran Says No Dialogue with Trump, Pledges Cooperation with Europe

Iranian lawmakers burn two pieces of papers representing the U.S. flag and the nuclear deal as they chant slugans againts U.S. at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Iranian lawmakers have set a paper U.S. flag ablaze at parliament after President Donald Trump's nuclear deal pullout, shouting, "Death to America!". (AP Photo)
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Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on Tuesday that there has been no option for Tehran to engage in talks with US President Donald Trump amidst the consequences of Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.

On Sunday, Iranian media reported that 100 Iranian activists had signed an open letter to the country’s leadership calling for talks with the US over the mounting new tensions between Tehran and Washington.

There is no basis for negotiations with such a person [Trump], but now we are negotiating with Europe, especially the Foreign Minister and his representatives who are negotiating outside Iran,” Nobakht said, quoted by the local news agency Fars.

The spokesman added that while Tehran considers the talks a possible tool to deal with tensions, “there is no reason to conduct negotiations with such a person,” referring to Trump.

Relations between Tehran and Washington have long been strained but hit a historic low last month after Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the nuclear deal despite Tehran’s – and much of the world’s – commitment to the agreement. Trump subsequently re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

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In late May, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed 12 demands made by Washington for Tehran after Trump’s decision to drop the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA).

Pompeo demanded that Iran comply with the provisions of the JCPOA and modify its domestic and international policies. The Secretary of State also said that the United States would contain Iran by all means, including military action, and promised to find partners to implement its anti-Iran strategy.

Trump made it known before the beginning of his presidential term that he was not a fan of the Iran nuclear deal. It can be safely assumed that this is a move to help Washington’s Zionist allies who claim that the main threat to their existence is the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Fort Russ News has consistently argued since 2015 that the Iran deal would lead to a rift in the Atlanticist project between the US and Europe. While Washington has been launching a new wave of aggression against Tehran, the EU and Iran have been in close negotiations, even moving towards abandoning the US dollar in trade. FRN’s Jafe Arnold has suggested that this is a defining moment of the crisis of Atlanticism with enormous implications for Europe. Iran’s remarks that dialogue with Trump is impossible seem to confirm the trajectory of EU-Iran cooperation in spite of the US. 

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