Middle East

Iran: Talks possible if sanctions lifted

Tehran and Washington can hold talks only if the United States ends its sanctions and Iran's top authority allows the talks, Iran's intelligence minister says.

Iran's intelligence minister says Tehran and Washington can hold talks only if the United States ends its sanctions and Iran's top authority allows the talks between the arch foes, state news agency IRNA has reported.

"Holding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only If (US President Donald) Trump lifts the sanctions and our supreme leaders gives permission to hold such talks," said Mahmoud Alavi late on Wednesday.

"Americans were scared of Iran's military power, that is the reason behind their decision to abort the decision to attack Iran."

Trump said last month that he aborted a military strike to retaliate for Iran's downing of an unmanned US drone on June 20 because it could have killed 150 people, and signalled he was open to talks with Tehran.

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