Rohani: Iran Is Ready to Negotiate, but Not if Negotiations Mean Surrender

'We are completely ready for just, legal and honest negotiations to solve the problems,' says Iranian president amid heightened tensions surrounding nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rohani at a cabinet meeting in Tehran, July 3, 2019.
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Iran is ready for "just" negotiations but not if they mean surrender, Iran's President Hassan Rohani said on Wednesday, without saying what talks he had in mind.

Rohani seemed to be referring to possible negotiations with the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year but has said he is willing to hold talks with the Islamic Republic.

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"As long as I have the responsibility for the executive duties of the country, we are completely ready for just, legal and honest negotiations to solve the problems," Rohani said, according to his official website.

"But at the same time we are not ready to sit at the table of surrender under the name of negotiations."

Also Wednesday, Iran again denied that any of its drones were intercepted after the U.S. military said it took aim at two of them last week.

U.S. Central Command said Tuesday that one Iranian drone crashed into the sea after the USS Boxer took what Central Command called "defensive action" against it last Thursday. It said the Boxer also "engaged" a second Iranian drone at the same time, but could not confirm it was destroyed.

Iran's defense minister, Gen. Amir Hatami, told reporters Wednesday that "if someone claims he should provide evidence," adding that "none of our drones have been intercepted."
He says that when Iran shot down a U.S. drone last month it shared images of the wreckage to verify it.