Is Iran taking advantage of the increasing rift between the US and EU?

Iran closes the door on the US

Iran has appeared to close all doors of possible re-establishment of talks with the US, as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ruled out holding any bilateral talks with the United States and threatened to further cut commitments to the country’s crumbling nuclear deal with world powers within days. “Maybe there has been a misunderstanding. We have said it several times and we repeat it – there has been no decision to hold bilateral talks with the US,” said Rouhani. “In principle, we do not want bilateral talks with the United States,” he added. Last month, Iran’s stance towards the US has shown that it has not changed or even worsened, as, in his speech, Iranian President Rouhani also struck a muscular tone on dealings with the US, saying that “talks are useless” over the nuclear deal. “Now that our enemies do not accept logic, we cannot respond with logic,” Rouhani said. He added: “When the enemy launches a missile against us, we cannot give a speech and say: ‘Mr. Rocket, please do not hit our country and our innocent people. Rocket-launching sir, if you can please hit a button and self-destroy the missile in the air.’” If the situation between Iran and the US is to de-escalate, the US will have to present an opening or improve terms.

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