September 26, 2019 / 6:08 PM / 20 days ago

Iran's Rouhani says wider talks with U.S. possible if 2015 deal implemented

NEW YORK, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Iran can discuss other issues with the United States providing its 2015 nuclear deal with six powers is fully implemented, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, adding that Tehran’s missile capabilities were not negotiable.

Rouhani also said Iran’s steps to scale back its nuclear commitment were reversible if the European parties to the pact carried out their promises to salvage the deal, which the United States exited last year, then reimposed sanctions on Tehran to force it to renegotiate a broader pact.

Rouhani, speaking at a news conference during the annual United Nations, touched on the subject of swaps of U.S. and Iranian prisoners, saying Iran had in the past held talks with Washington over the issue, “and Tehran released one prisoner, but (the) U.S. failed to reciprocate.”

The pragmatic president also said a U.S. visa ban on Iranian officials and their families had no impact as “Iranian officials have no desire to travel to America. We only come here for the U.N. events that should not be banned by America.” (Reporting by Parisa Hafezi; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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