Washington, Jan 13: White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has said in an interview to Axios news portal that US President Donald Trump would consider lifting sanctions on Iran if Tehran reached out for negotiations.
He said that White House has made it clear that "in no uncertain terms that will never happen. If you want talks with us you give up something first, just for the privilege of having talks." The security aide said that Washington was in such a position that it did not require any negotiations. "Our economy is doing fantastic … The Iranians are the ones that need talks with us. Why would we give up anything first?" O'Brien added.
On the night of January 3, the United States conducted an operation near Baghdad International Airport, killing the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Qasem Soleimani and Iraq Shiite militia leader Abu Mahdi Muhandis, among others.
Washington considered both commanders to be behind the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad on December 31. Iran retaliate on Wednesday by firing missiles at the Iraqi bases hosting American forces. No one was injured as a result of the attack, according to Washington. In response to Iran's missile attacks, the US administration announced new sanctions on Iran on Friday, designating eight senior Iranian officials involved in the attack and 17 Iranian iron and steel companies. (UNI)