Skip to main content

Iranian press calls direct talks with US a 'trap'

The merits of talking with the United States are being debated in Iranian media after recent comments by the foreign minister.
Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meets with IAEA director general  Rafael Grossi at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Tehran, Nov. 23, 2021.

After Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian opened the door for the possibility of direct Iran-US talks if there is a “good deal,” Iranian and Western media outlets have been rife with speculation. The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Shamkhani, even weighed in with a tweet on the possibility of direct Iran-US talks. However, shortly after, the SNSC website attempted to tone down the speculation.

Nour News, which is the SNSC website, titled their article on the possibility of talks between Iran and the United States “Commotion for nothing, currently there is no need to negotiate directly with the US.” The article stated that the current negotiations in Vienna with the original members of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, minus the United States, which exited in 2018, have always been about a good deal and that Iran is not interested in “negotiations under pressure, negotiations for the sake of negotiations, or wasting time and searching for excuses why the Western countries have fled from their commitments.” 

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.