An official of the Revolutionary Guards was quoted by the state news agency. (File/AFP)
An official of the Revolutionary Guards was quoted by the state news agency. (File/AFP)

Iran will not hold talks with US: Deputy IRGC chief

Fri, May. 10, 2019
CAIRO – 10 May 2019: A deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Friday that Tehran will not hold talks with its arch enemy the United States and that Washington “will not dare launch military action against us.”

Yadollah Javani, the Guards’ deputy head for political affairs, said, “Our nation ... sees America as unreliable.

“No talks will be held with the Americans and the Americans will not dare take military action against us.”

US President Donald Trump on Thursday urged Iran’s leadership to sit down and talk with him about giving up Tehran’s nuclear program and said he could not rule out a military confrontation given the heightened tensions between the two countries.

For his part, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank, Jarrett Blanc, said Trump's new sanctions on Iran and deployment of a carrier strike group to the Middle East are "deliberately provocative."

Trump on Wednesday slapped fresh sanctions on Iranian industrial metals — the country's second-largest source of export revenue after petroleum — and threatened further action unless Tehran "fundamentally" changes its behavior.

That came hours after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced Tehran's intention to violate two provisions of the 2015 nuclear agreement — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
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