Trump Says He Would 'Certainly Meet' with Iran's Rouhani

01 August, 2018, 17:49 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Iran Nuclear Program Mohammad Javad Zarif

On Monday, speaking at a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Trump said: "I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet".

In May, the United States pulled out of the 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which global sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program. "It was a ridiculous deal", Trump said.

This includes reimposing sanctions on Iran's purchases of USA dollars as well as its trade in gold and precious metals.

Iranian officials have spoken out against US President Donald Trump's offer to meet Iran's leader. He reflected on his "so positive" meeting with dictator Kim Jong-un and "great meeting" with Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia. In early July, he threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if new USA sanctions cut off its oil sales, which have already begun to decline as the US pressures allies to reduce purchases.

Trump may even be eager to grant Tehran some concession: Trump partly opposed the Obama's nuclear deal because it only lifted secondary sanctions (sanctions the USA imposed on other countries trading with Iran) without touching America's primary sanctions, keeping American companies from entering the Iranian market.

"How can Trump prove to the Iranian nation that his comments of last night reflect a true intention for negotiation and have not been expressed for populist gains?" he added.

"No preconditions. They want to meet?"

FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, May 8, 2018.

Trump's policy is already putting significant pressure on the Iranian economy, although US intelligence suggests that may rally Iranians against the United States and strengthen Iran's hardline rulers, officials say. Jafari also described Trump as an "amateurish president" whose wish for Iranian officials to request a meeting would go with him "to the grave". Good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world.

Trump's move to force Iran into new negotiations has for now reunited Iranian hardliners who opposed the nuclear deal and pragmatists like Rouhani who championed it to Iran's economically crippling stand-off with Western powers.

However, Hamid Aboutalebi, an adviser to President Rouhani, tweeted in response to Mr Trump that only "returning to the nuclear deal" and "respecting the Iranian nation's rights" would pave the way for talks.

In the U.S., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC on Monday that he was on board with the president's invitation, saying Trump "wants to meet with folks to solve problems".

USA officials call Iran's lawsuit "baseless".

It is with the stated goal of "seeking changes in the Iranian government's behaviour".

The Strategic Council on Foreign Relations was set up by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to help formulate long-term policies for the Islamic Republic.

"I believe in meeting", Trump said at a White House news conference. But if history is a guide, there will be no such capitulation by Iran: With the Iranians, one of the most costly things to do, both culturally and politically, would be to show Trump the respect and deference he desires after his aggressive string of insults. "America is not trustworthy", he said.



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