DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards mentioned on Friday Tehran will not negotiate with the United States and denied any U.S. attack was most likely, a day soon after U.S. President Donald Trump urged talks and mentioned he could not rule out a military confrontation.
FILE PHOTO: A employees member removes the Iranian flag from the stage soon after a group image with foreign ministers and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union in the course of Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo
Trump on Thursday urged Iran’s leadership to sit down and speak with him about providing up Tehran’s nuclear plan and mentioned he could not rule out a military confrontation provided the heightened tensions among the two nations.
American B-52 bombers sent to the Middle East more than what Washington describes as threats from Iran have currently arrived at a U.S. base in Qatar, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) mentioned.
“No talks will be held with the Americans and the Americans will not dare take military action against us,” Yadollah Javani, the Guards’ deputy head for political affairs, was quoted as saying by Tasnim. “Our nation … sees America as unreliable.”
Thousands of Iranians took aspect in state-sponsored marches on Friday to voice help for the government’s move on Wednesday to scale back curbs to its nuclear plan below a 2015 deal with planet powers, and threatened to do far more if signatories did not shield it from U.S. sanctions.
State tv showed thousands marching soon after Friday prayers in Tehran and mentioned equivalent marches have been held across the nation.
“America should really know, sanctions have no impact!” chanted the demonstrators, quite a few of whom carried indicators reading “Down with USA”.
Trump, who final year pulled Washington out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, has expressed a willingness to meet Iranian leaders in the previous to no avail and renewed that appeal in speaking to reporters on Thursday.
Asked about Trump’s comments, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi mentioned Iran had been speaking with the six powers, such as the United States, inside the framework of the nuclear deal.
“All of a sudden he decided to leave the negotiating table. … What is the assure that he will not renege once again?” Takht Ravanchi mentioned in a U.S. tv interview.
He dismissed U.S. allegations of an Iranian threat as “fake intelligence” and mentioned they have been “being made by the very same men and women who in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq did the same”.
Trump was asked by reporters no matter if there was a danger of military confrontation with the U.S. military presence in the region.
“I guess you could say that normally, appropriate? I do not want to say no, but hopefully that will not occur. We have 1 of the most potent ships in the planet that is loaded up and we do not want to do something,” he mentioned.
The media officer at Al Udaid air base, close to Doha, did not instantly respond to a telephone get in touch with and e-mail requesting comment and information about the arrival of the B-52 bombers. CENTCOM is accountable for U.S. military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Reporting by Dubai newsroom Editing by Hugh Lawson and Alison Williams