Iran's president: Trump doesn't want war ahead of 2020 vote

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Many Iranian officials have publicly rejected the notion as baseless claims, arguing that a critical factor in USA meddling is that President Trump is seeking re-election in November.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated that Tehran will only sit down with Washington if the United States returns to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and scraps sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"I think the Americans aren't after war since they know what harm it could do them", Mr Rouhani said in a news conference.

"America's "maximum pressure" towards Iran is doomed to failure", Rouhani said, referring to Trump's Iran strategy.

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Voters with face masks fill out their ballots in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran Iran

Tehran has rejected holding negotiations over a new deal, saying talks are possible only if the United States returns to the nuclear pact and lifts sanctions.

In January, Trump ordered a US drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

He said that Persian Gulf nations like the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar stood a lot to lose if conflict between Iran and the U.S. turns to war.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani whispers with an unidentified official during a press conference in Tehran, Iran.

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The Iranian president also said that Tehran's role was essential for security in the region.

The announcement came amid a severe escalation of tensions in the region after top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike on 3 January, which was authorised by President Donald Trump. Iran responded with airstrikes on Iraqi bases housing US troops which left more than 100 of those soldiers with brain injuries.

An Iranian flag flutters at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant on November 10, 2019.

Trump repeatedly railed against the deal on the election trail and, as president, pulled the US out of the agreement, which saw Iran giving up nuclear capabilities for relief from previously imposed economic sanctions, USA Today reported.

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On 5 January, Tehran announced that it would no longer comply with the limits of the JCPOA, which was set to considerably reduce Iran's nuclear programme and its stockpile of medium- and low-enriched uranium in exchange for the removal of global sanctions. Strict sanctions have targeted Iran's vital oil industry, ravaging its economy.

Iran has said it is only prepared to open talks on the deal if the USA first removes its sanctions.

"Of course, sanctions naturally create some problems, but they will not yield any results for the enemies".

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