Donald Trump says he’s open to meeting Iranian president with ‘no preconditions’

Aug 01, 2018, 14:46
Donald Trump says he’s open to meeting Iranian president with ‘no preconditions’

"Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won't work", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

"You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests", Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reports of efforts by Washington to destabilise Iran's Islamic government.

Asked if there would be any preconditions to meeting with Rouhani, Trump replied, "No preconditions, no. If they want to meet, I'll meet-anytime they want".

For now, this is also the official line, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying earlier this month that talking to Trump would be "useless".

"Washington reveals its untrustworthy nature day by day", Ghasemi said, according to the conservative-aligned Mehr news agency. "It could be a test for us". I ended the Iran deal, it was a ridiculous deal.

President Donald Trump's comment that he's willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with no preconditions shows diplomatic over-confidence, a Democratic lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee said Monday.

The head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations also said that Trump must recompense Iran for his withdrawal from the nuclear deal by demonstrating commitment to worldwide law and commitments made by his predecessors. A phone call between Rouhani and former President Obama in 2013 was the first direct conversation of any kind in decades.

The US president's political schizophrenia - whether genuine or an act of calculated showmanship - has proven successful in that it, against all logic, led to a face-to-face meeting with the hereditary dictator of a long-isolated, rogue communist state.

Relations between the United States and Iran have worsened since May, when Mr Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. "Now all of those countries except the USA are on Iran's side, wanting to stick with the deal and keep doing business". "I don't know that they are ready yet". But the senior U.S. State Department official said there were no plans for the two officials to meet.

Pompeo will be in Singapore for the forum and related events on Friday and Saturday.

Trump had zeroed in on the threat posed by Iran in recent weeks, focusing on Tehran instead of the dangers posed by North Korea or Russian Federation.

There was some hope and a lot of scepticism in Iran on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump offered talks, with the country's leaders refraining from a quick response. Hamid Aboutalebi, one of Rouhani's advisers, tweeted on Monday that the U.S. would have to rejoin the JCPOA, give "respect to the great nation of Iran", and "reduce hostilities", before any meeting could take place.

The worldwide nuclear agreement forced Iran to curtail its uranium enrichment capacity to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, and imposed stringent verification processes, in exchange for relief on crippling sanctions.

Rouhani's chief of staff claimed earlier this month in Iran's state-owned newspaper that Rouhani had rejected eight requests from Trump for one-on-one talks a year ago.

With the first USA sanctions due to come into effect next Monday, the economy in Iran has already been hit, giving rise to growing fears of prolonged economic suffering. Another round, covering other types of commerce, including oil purchases, goes into effect on November 4. In the last two days alone, it lost 20 percent of its worth. It recovered slightly to 115,000 on Tuesday, but concerns are growing as Iranians have seen their savings dwindle and purchasing power drop. And, of course, Tehran offered to open their nuclear program for full transparency. Although purportedly aimed at exposing corruption and human rights abuses in Iran, the not-so-subtle underlying message of Pompeo's speech was that the Trump administration is more than willing to support regime change in Iran.

The Majlis deputy speaker said the situation is not right for negotiations "because it will be accompanied by disgrace and humiliation".

In March 2003, the Iranians sent a comprehensive negotiation proposal to the George W. Bush Administration through the Swiss ambassador in Tehran.

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