Russian President: Iran seeks normalization with US

Thu 03 Oct 2019 20:10 GMT | 00:10 Local Time

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The Iranian leadership intends to normalize relations with the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a plenary session at the Russian Energy Week 2019 International Forum, TASS reports.

Dialogue is always "better than any confrontation," Putin underlined exemplifying this statement with a "strong-willed and balanced, absolutely pragmatic and right" decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made by US President Donald Trump.

"The same applies to direct contacts between Iran and the US, between the Iranian and US Presidents," Putin said. "Such an attempt was made by France at the UN General Assembly in New York, as far as I know. Regrettably, this meeting was not held because Iran believes that the pressure of sanctions strips it of equal grounds for this dialogue." "But I believe that there is longing for normalization of the situation, particularly normalization of relations with the US, in Tehran," the Russian leader said.

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