Trump Offers Iran Olive Branch Days After Threatening Tweet

Wednesday, 01 Aug, 2018

"I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet", Trump said during a joint news conference at the White House alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has said Iran is honouring its commitments. "There's nothing wrong with meeting".

In a statement posted to the website of the Iranian Parliament, National Security and Foreign Policy Committee leader Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh reiterated, "There can be no negotiations with the Americans raising the issue of talks from the position of power", and referred to Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal as the "biggest blow to diplomacy". If nothing else, the meeting would place him center stage and give him something new to boast about.

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

The head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations also said that Trump must recompense Iran for his withdrawal from the nuclear deal by demonstrating commitment to worldwide law and commitments made by his predecessors. The President has been a strident critic of Iran, threatening the regime with "consequences" as recently as July 22, while his administration pursues a strategy that many see as regime change in all but name.

He ended the message with a warning: "BE CAUTIOUS!"

But we shouldn't grant Iran any economic relief.

A senior State Department official said on Tuesday U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not meet with his Iranian counterpart during a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Singapore this weekend.

"Trump should first make up for his withdrawal from the nuclear deal and show that he respects his predecessors' commitments and worldwide law", added Kharrazi, a former foreign minister.

The president already has held summits with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Asked whether he would set any preconditions for the meetings, Mr Trump was clear.

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

"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.

Washington is preparing to re-impose sanctions on Tehran within days - despite objections from the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, which also signed the 2015 agreement.

Reaction among Trump critics in both parties on Capitol Hill was mixed, with Sen.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., characterized the overture as "fine", but only "as long as they are willing to talk about being a normal country in the future".

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