After President Trump's suggestion that the Iranians "should call", which was reportedly followed up by sending a number via intermediaries, a senior Iranian diplomat responded that "there is no need for a mediator or phone number for Trump to get rid of the hard and critical conditions that he has created for himself and the U.S... if needed, they have our phone number". He added that "the White House lacks an integrated and rational policy on Iran, the entire region and perhaps at the international level; the affairs will be corrected by correcting Washington's fully wrong policies and behaviours". Foreign Minister Javad also addressed the offer, tweeting a 2017 article written by National Security Advisor John Bolton and, addressing the president, stated "before you hired him, this was the plan that John Bolton and his B-Team cohorts had for Iran. A detailed blueprint for fake intelligence, forever war and even empty offers for talks". "Only phone numbers were not included", Zarif added.
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