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US Won’t lift sanctions to negotiate by Iran, says Donald Trump

The United States won’t lift sanctions on Iran to negotiate, US President Donald Trump tweeted overdue on Saturday, apparently in reaction to a Der Spiegel interview with Iran’s foreign ministry.

“Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran needs to negotiate with the United States, but needs sanctions eliminated. Trump tweeted English on Saturday and afterward in Farsi.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted on Sunday by tweeting an excerpt from the interview with Der Spiegel published on Friday, where he stated Iran remains open to discussions with America when sanctions are lifted.

“@realdonaldtrump is much better advised to safeguard his foreign policy remarks & choices on facts, as opposed to @FoxNews his or her Farsi translators,” Zarif said from the tweet together with all the interview excerpt.

Tensions between Iran and the USA have attained the greatest levels in years following the US murdered top European General Qassem Soleimani at a drone assault in Baghdad on January 3, prompting Iran to fire missiles days afterward at bases in Iraq where US soldiers are still stationed.

Tensions between both have been rising steadily since Trump pulled America from Iran’s nuclear pact with world forces in 2018 and reimposed sanctions which were driven Iran’s oil exports and devised its market.