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Iranian President Rouhani says ready to talk to US if sanctions lifted: Report

File photo of Hassan Rouhani. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 14, 2019, 08.50 PM (IST)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday said that Iran was ready for talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it exited last year, reported news agency Reuters.

"We have always believed in talks ... if they lift sanctions, end the imposed economic pressure and return to the deal, we are ready to hold talks with America today, right now and anywhere," Rouhani reportedly said in a televised speech on Sunday according to the report.

Tension between the between the longtime foes has heightened between since US President Donald Trump last year withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and reimposed sanctions on Tehran that had been lifted under the pact.

Iran on Saturday said it will continue its oil exports under any conditions.
 
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in a telephone call on Saturday that Iran will continue its oil exports under any conditions, according to a statement on the Iranian foreign ministry website.

Zarif also said Britain should quickly release the Grace 1 oil tanker, which was seized last week by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria.

Hunt told Zarif that Britain would facilitate the release of the tanker if Tehran gave guarantees it would not go to Syria, Hunt wrote on Twitter.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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"We have always believed in talks ... if they lift sanctions, end the imposed economic pressure and return to the deal, we are ready to hold talks with America today, right now and anywhere," Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday.