Trump offers to meet with Iranian President Rouhani, without preconditions

Trump offers to meet with Iranian President Rouhani, without preconditions

During a joint press conference earlier in the day with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who is visiting Washington, DC, Trump said he'd meet with "anybody" when discussing the prospect of holding talks with Iran.

The Iranian leadership has previously ruled out one-on-one talks with Trump, following his decision to pull the United States out of the deal under which Iran was given relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

President Trump said at a news conference today that he'll "meet with anybody" without preconditions, even Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after last week's war of words. It was a ridiculous deal. The US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement, which included other major world powers, including Germany, France, the UK, Russia and China.

Trump said on Monday that he was willing to meet "any time" with Iran's leaders without preconditions.

Mr Trump's abrupt change in tone also echoes the run-up to his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, another diplomatic first, which took place after the two leaders had previously traded insults and threats. He recently took to Twitter to warn the country's leader not to threaten the United States, promising severe consequences in future.

In a meeting with Britain's ambassador Tuesday, Rouhani called America's abandonment of the nuclear deal "illegal", declaring that "the ball is in Europe's court now". "Anybody at this point in Tehran who attempted to reach out to Trump would be slammed by another part of the establishment in Iran". Any time they want.

Iranian Vice-President Eshagh Jahangiri said the government and the central bank would unveil a new economic plan by the end of this week to tackle the US sanctions and the rial's fall.

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John Garamendi said such a meeting would likely not be successful. It is getting ever clearer that these U.S. measures are no longer merely aimed at changing Iran's behavior but instead at regime change.

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". 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.

"Based on our bad experiences in negotiations with America and based on USA officials' violation of their commitments, it is natural that we see no value in his proposal", Kamal Kharrazi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

Hours before Trump's statement, Iran's foreign ministry ruled out the possibility of negotiations with the USA government over the enduring bilateral problems. Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons.

"Trump may take advantage of this over-excitement", he said, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Iran reacted sceptically on Tuesday to President Donald Trump saying that he's willing to negotiate with his Iranian counterpart "anytime", but top officials did not reject a sit-down out of hand.

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