Donald Trump: US President says he WILL meet Iran leader Rouhani

Larry Hoffman
August 1, 2018

During a closed White House briefing with a number of organizations that favored a peaceful resolution to the Iran situation in early 2014, a colleague asked one of America's negotiators where a final deal likely would land in terms of centrifuges.

"The Iranian nation has many differences with those nations that submit to domination, and will never allow its authorities to hold talks and meetings with the Great Satan", referring to the US.

"U.S. can only blame itself for pulling out and leaving the table..."

The official said that North Korea also would be represented at the Singapore meeting, and while chance encounters for Pompeo are possible, no bilateral meetings have been scheduled.

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 USA president's decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal.

The tougher USA posture on Iran has fueled speculation that Trump is seeking to promote enough unrest to potentially unseat Iran's rulers.

"Trump may take advantage of this over-excitement", he said, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. "Speaking to other people, especially when you are talking about potentials of war and death, and starvation and lots of other things, you meet. There's nothing wrong in meeting".

"No preconditons. They want to meet? I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet, and I'm ready to meet anytime they want to".

The White House said that even though the president "is open to dialogue and negotiation", it did not mean the USA would lift sanctions or re-establish diplomatic and commercial relations.

Iran too has set its own preconditions to any meeting with the US.

"Iran's foreign ministry has said over the last 24 hours that they don't want talks with the USA, saying the U.S. was unreliable so engagement and dialogue with the current government is impossible".

Under the 2015 deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the fruit of Rouhani's efforts to ease Iran's global isolation to help revive its economy, Iran curbed its shadowy nuclear program and won relief from United Nations and Western sanctions in return.

These preconditions nearly certainly make the offer impossible, as the United States treats Iranian foreign policy as necessarily "malign behavior", and Iran is neither going to agree to deeper isolation, nor to the need for another nuclear deal while still trying to preserve the one the already signed, and which the U.S. dishonored earlier this year.

"If Trump hadn't quit the JCPOA and not reimposed sanctions, I think it would have been OK to enter talks with America", Ali Motahari said on Tuesday.

With "Washington's hostile measures against Tehran and its efforts to put economic pressure on the country and impose sanctions, there will remain no possibility for talks", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told reporters. The US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement, which included other major world powers, including Germany, France, the UK, Russia and China. They are to start taking effect in August. Trump has suggested he could be laying the groundwork for a new nuclear deal.

"Based on our bad experiences in negotiations with America and based on the USA officials' violation of their commitments, it is natural that we see no value in Trump's proposal", Kharazi said.

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.

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