‘Open to reaching a new Iran deal’

Trump warns Tehran again as sanctions get reimposed; Rouhani calls it ‘psychological warfare’
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday told Iran to change its “destabilising” behaviour or risk further economic isolation, hours before the reimposition of sweeping sanctions against Tehran, though he left the door open to a new deal.
Mr. Trump pulled Washington out of the historic 2015 multilateral accord in May, to the consternation of his European partners. Against a backdrop of political turmoil and protests in Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Mr. Trump of “bullying” and of being isolated in his hostility to the Islamic Republic.
“The Iranian regime faces a choice,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “Either change its threatening, destabilising behaviour and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.” “I remain open to reaching a more comprehensive deal that addresses the full range of the regime’s malign activities, including its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism,” he added.
Renewed U.S. hostility has already sparked a run on Iran’s currency, which has lost around half its value since Mr. Trump’s announcement. It has added to tensions inside Iran, which has seen days of protests and strikes in multiple towns and cities over water shortages, high prices and wider anger at the political system.
Mr. Zarif lashed out at Mr. Trump, but acknowledged there were difficult times ahead. “Of course, American bullying and political pressures may cause some disruption, but the fact is that in the current world, America is isolated,” Mr. Zarif told reporters, according to the semi-official ISNA agency.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/open-to-reaching-a-new-iran-deal/article24618861.ece

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