State Department spokesman says US is ready for talks with Iran

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The US is ready for negotiations with Iran, the choice is Tehran, said Brian Hook, special representative of the State Department for Iran.

“This commitment (to negotiate – ed.) Has been made many times over the years. Iran has not yet accepted our offer. We offered to meet with the Iranians many times while still being in a deal (atom – ed.), And they refused. “said Hook, speaking in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“Iran must make this choice. They must decide,” Hook said.

Hussite Yemeni rebels against whom the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia are fighting said that on September 14, fighters of their movement using unmanned aerial vehicles attacked oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. These attacks forced the kingdom to halve oil production.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was no evidence of an attack from Yemen, and blamed Iran for it. The Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia also believes that Tehran is involved in the attacks. Iran denies the allegations, but on Friday the United States announced the introduction of new sanctions against the Central Bank and the national development fund of this country.

The United States, coming out of international agreements with Iran on the atom, put forward a list of 12 conditions to Tehran. Tehran, as well as international experts, consider these conditions impossible.

In particular, in addition to the maximum guarantees for the nuclear program, the United States is demanding Iran’s obligations on a ballistic missile program, on terrorism and on reducing Iran’s influence in a number of countries in the region. The United States unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reintroduced sanctions previously lifted in connection with the achievement of this agreement.

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