Trump's willingness to meet with Iran is diplomatic over-confidence, Dem says

Trump says he would meet with Iran's leaders without preconditions

Anna Moneymaker

Donald Trump said he would be willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with "no preconditions" as tensions between the two countries climb following the US president's decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal. "I don't know if they're ready yet", Trump said, when asked at a White House press conference about a possible meeting with Rouhani.

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.

Trump has also voiced hope for a stronger agreement with Iran to prevent its pursuit of nuclear weaponry than the 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers which Trump pulled out of in May.

The United States has also vowed to boost sanctions until Iran changes its regional policies, including its support for regional militant groups.

Iran's OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, told Reuters on Tuesday that Trump was mistaken if he expected Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to compensate for losses of Iranian oil caused by usa sanctions.

The US president's comments come a few days after he and Iran's leaders exchanged barbs threatening each other with war.

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The State Department says it's "not in the least" discouraged after Iranian officials dismissed President Donald Trump's remark that he's willing to meet with the Islamic state without any preconditions.

Shortly before the tweet, Rouhani had addressed Trump in a speech, saying that hostile USA policies could lead to "the mother of all wars". "No preconditions. If they want to meet, I'll meet".

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With regard to Iran, Trump seems to pursue a similar good cop/bad cop approach. "It was a ridiculous deal", said Trump.

"If they want to meet, I'll meet".

Bahram Ghasemi, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Monday there was no possibility of dialogue, and that the USA had shown itself to be "totally unreliable".

The foreign ministry spokesman said Trump's offer to negotiate with Tehran contradicted his actions as Washington has imposed sanctions on Iran and put pressure on other countries to avoid business with the Islamic Republic.

"Until then", he said, "the sting of sanctions will only grow more painful if the regime does not change course". "The United States is not trustworthy". Since then, Tehran's clerical establishment has been under increasing US pressure and the prospect of renewed sanctions. In a panic to stop the damage as US sanctions are set to be reimposed starting next week, the Central Bank of Iran announced plans to move forward with its own cryptocurrency on Monday.

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

The Strategic Council on Foreign Relations was set up by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to help formulate long-term policies for Iran. The diplomacy that led to the Iran deal, for instance, would never even have taken off had it not been for Obama, in secret negotiations, accepting nuclear enrichment on Iranian soil.

President Donald Trump waves after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Washington.

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