Iran Says It Sees 'No Prospect of Negotiations With America'

Tehran 'pays no attention to words; What matters to us is a change of behavior,' foreign ministry spokesman says after Trump suggests they 'would like to make a deal'

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Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran, May 28, 2019.
Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran, May 28, 2019.Credit: Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran sees no prospect of negotiations with the United States, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program was possible.

Washington withdrew last year from a with Tehran, and is ratcheting up sanctions in efforts to strangle 's economy by ending its international sales of crude .

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said on Monday: "I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal, and I think that's very smart of them, and I think that's a possibility to happen."

Asked about Trump's comments in a news conference in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency: "We currently see no prospect of negotiations with America."

"Iran pays no attention to words; What matters to us is a change of approach and behavior."

Trump also said that United States was , adding that "we are looking for no ."

Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Tuesday the country was not allowed to pursue the development of nuclear weapons as this was banned by , Iran's highest authority.

Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States since Washington and bombers and announced , prompting fears of a conflict.

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