Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said given the US move to violate its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), any negotiation with such a government would be futile.
“The United States failed in the JCPOA test, so Iran cannot trust them in any other area,” Shamkhani told the Persian-language Tehran Foreign Policy Studies Quarterly.
“Negotiating with the US is useless,” he said, adding, “We are no longer allowed to devote the Iranian nation’s time to fruitless processes.”
He further pointed to Washington’s hostilities toward the Islamic Republic and said, “Our nation, which has vigilantly neutralized all of the White House’s acts of sabotage over the past forty years, will foil the US conspiracy through relying on domestic capacities this time too.”
The remarks come as tensions between Iran and the US have escalated since US President Donald Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May and re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Trump on August 6 signed an executive order re-imposing many sanctions on Iran, three months after pulling out of the JCPOA.
He said the US policy is to levy “maximum economic pressure” on the country.
The second batch of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic took effect on November 4.