Iran is open for talks and diplomacy but those avenues are closed under the current status quo with its economy being strangled by the US, Iranian President said, adding that Tehran’s only option now is to resist.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, under whose tenure the universally-acclaimed 2015 nuclear deal was struck, said Monday that his country welcomes diplomacy and all sort of negotiation in principle, but will not be coerced into them by debilitating economic sanctions and military threats.

“I favor talks and diplomacy but under current conditions, I do not accept it, as today situation is not suitable for talks and our choice is resistance only,” Rouhani said as cited by IRNA news agency. (RT)