Monday, 17 December, 2018

Trump says he is willing to talk to Iranian leader without preconditions

Donald Trump Willing to Meet with Iranian Leaders – Without Preconditions			SAUL LOEB  AFP  Getty Images		30 Jul 2018 Donald Trump Willing to Meet with Iranian Leaders – Without Preconditions SAUL LOEB AFP Getty Images 30 Jul 2018
Andrew Cummings | 02 August, 2018, 04:58

Hours after Trump extended the offer to Tehran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contradicted Trump and placed a raft of conditions on any future meeting.

"I hope it works out well with Iran".

With regard to Iran, Trump seems to pursue a similar good cop/bad cop approach.

If Trump thinks otherwise then (a) he's fooling himself and (b) he should set some preconditions through which Iran can demonstrate its potential willingness to abandon the nuclear program.

Kenyon says there will be some pressure on Iran to negotiate with the USA - but he puts that in perspective.

The "president wants to meet with folks to solve problems", he told CNBC.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018.

Former US presidents learnt better than Trump that Iran and its people could not be threatened, and that they would instead close their ranks and strengthen their unity against any foreign threat and pressure, he added.

Iran's currency plumbed new depths on Monday, dropping past 120,000 rials to the dollar, as Iranians brace for August 7 when Washington is due to reimpose a first lot of economic sanctions following Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Given the tone of Trump and Pompeo on Iran and the pointed commitment to making USA media accessible in Iran, it is hard to avoid drawing a parallel with that historical experience.

The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mohammad Ali Jafari, made the comment in an open letter published by Iran's state-controlled Fars News Agency.

Analysts do not expect a Trump-Rouhani meeting anytime soon, pointing out that Trump has, for some time, been seeking to meet Rouhani directly without success.

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

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Some lower-ranking Iranian officials have responded by saying the path to direct discussions with Washington would have to include a USA return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the nuclear deal involving Iran, China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany, the US and the European Union was formally called.

According to ISNA, lawmakers also want to Rouhani to explain why, after more than two years of signing a nuclear deal that curbed Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting of most worldwide sanctions, Iranian banks still only have limited access to global financial services.

"Iran does not trust the U.S.as a negotiating partner".

Trump answered, "Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before".

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

Significantly, Trump has also not articulated what he would do if his policies were to destabilize Tehran, which has been at odds with Washington since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, or if USA pressure were to embolden hardliners.

No U.S. president has met with an Iranian leader since the Washington cut diplomatic relations with Tehran a year after the 1979 revolution that toppled the shah, a U.S. ally.

"Any little thing that can help the people in this bad situation, I really want it to happen for us", said Fathi, a young woman working for an insurance broker.

Shortly before the tweet, Rouhani had addressed Trump in a speech, saying that hostile USA policies could lead to "the mother of all wars".

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on Monday said "there is no possibility for talks", ahead of Trump's statement.

For some analysts, Trump's approach is more moderate than that of some of his top advisers, such as National Security Advisor John Bolton.

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