That’s the latest demand from Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, which he made in response to rumors that President Donald Trump might be open to direct talks with the Iranian government. Rouhani has said,
If you lifted all the sanctions, bowed respectfully to the Iranian nation, well then the conditions are different.
Conditions certainly would be different, but they would be even less productive. The men of Iran’s government aren’t interested in discussions, serious or otherwise. Nor do they care about the people over whom they reign. They just want nuclear weapons so they can destroy Israel.
Israel must be eradicated from the page of history.
That’s Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei’s predecessor; the man has done nothing to move away from that.
Maybe, though—just maybe—Trump should hold out for talks with Khamenei. He won’t be any less obstructive than Rouhani, but he’s the one who’ll pass on any deal Rouhani might pretend to make, anyway.
Or not. Khamenei has said.
[W]e will not negotiate with this administration of the US under no condition, this is a lethal poison[.]
The only thing is to keep ratcheting up sanctions and isolation faster than Iran can respond and adapt. And firmer actions if Iran makes progress, anyway.