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Iran's Rouhani says U.S. 'should return to normal state' for talks - official website

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, May 29, 2019. Official President website/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Reacting to a U.S. offer to talk with Iran without pre-conditions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday it was Washington that had left the negotiating table, and it “should return to normal state”.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the United States is prepared to engage with Iran without pre-conditions about its nuclear program, but needs to see the country behaving like “a normal nation”.

Rouhani was quoted by the government’s official website as saying: “The other side that left the negotiating table and breached a treaty should return to normal state. Until then, we do not have a choice but resistance.”

Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Peter Graff