Friday, 19 October, 2018

Iran Is Unenthusiastic After President Trump Suggests A Meeting

Trump Says He’s Willing to Meet With Iranian President With ‘No Preconditions’ Donald Trump offers to meet Iran without preconditions
Jay Anderson | 02 August, 2018, 04:53

Bahram Qassemi said at a news conference that there would "definitely not" be a possibility for a meeting between the two leaders, adding that the Trump administration's withdrawal from the nuclear pact with his government likely prohibited further negotiations, according to The New York Times.

U.S. President Donald Trump said here on Monday that he is ready to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, Qassem Soleimani, chimed in as well, claiming that President Trump had failed in Operation Enduring freedom and would get the same result should the US attack Iran.

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". "I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet, and I'm ready to meet anytime they want to".

"I'd meet with anybody".

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 previous year.

The U.S.'s negotiating partners have been seeking to shore up the agreement and its restrictions on Iran's nuclear program.

The head of the powerful Revolutionary Guards equally dismissed Trump's tentative offer, saying the Islamic Republic was not North Korea. The U.S. government would also help Iranians get around internet censorship.

"They're certainly entitled to do that", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a July 31press conference.

In his first public remarks after the comment, Rouhani did not mention Trump at all, but instead stressed the need for the other nations involved in the nuclear deal to forge ahead with their pledges to try to salvage it.




Iran's deputy speaker Ali Motahari told state news agency Irna that the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal meant that "negotiation with the Americans would be a humiliation now".

After leaving the deal, the Trump White House has moved to reinstate sanctions on Tehran in two major tranches.

Gulf states have accused Iran of backing Yemen's Houthi rebels with both money and weapons, though Iran has denied this.

It is unclear whether Mr Rouhani has any interest in meeting with Mr Trump.

In his first public appearance after Trump's remarks, Rouhani himself avoided mentioning the United States president, instead stressing the need for the other countries involved in the nuclear deal to forge ahead with their pledges of trying to salvage it.

In May, Mr Trump called the nuclear accord - or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - a "horrible, one-sided deal". Jafari also described Trump as an "amateurish president" whose wish for Iranian officials to request a meeting would go with him "to the grave". "So many things have happened so positive", Trump said.

More recently, Trump and Iranian leaders have engaged in a heated war of words.

"Trump understands that he does not have the capacity to wage war with Iran, but due to historic mistrust, diplomatic ties have been destroyed", said Falahatpisheh, adding that this left no choice but to work towards reducing tensions. "But I do worry very much belligerent rhetoric doesn't exist in a vacuum", and there is a risk of "an accidental conflagration" with Iran. The day before Trump's fiery tweet, Pompeo likened the Iranian regime to the mafia and accused the ruling clerics of enriching themselves and funding terrorism at the expense of ordinary Iranians in a speech at the Ronald Reagan National Library in Simi Valley, California.

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