Iran Is Unenthusiastic After President Trump Suggests A Meeting

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

Anna Moneymaker

Senior Iranian officials on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's offer of talks as worthless and "a humiliation".

In a tweet responding to Trump's offer, an adviser to President Rouhani later said Iran would be open for talks only if the USA "return [s] to the nuclear deal" and respects "the Iranian nation's rights", per a BBC translation. "It was a ridiculous deal", said Trump.

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.

He also met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June, and claimed that due to this "we haven't had a missile fired in nine months and we got our prisoners back". It was the first time the presidents of the two countries had spoken since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the storming of the US Embassy, which led to the severing of diplomatic ties.

Iran's currency plumbed new depths on Monday, dropping past 120,000 rials to the dollar, but Trump's expressed willingness to negotiate with Tehran sparked a minor recovery on Tuesday to 110,000 rials on the unofficial market.

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.

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Trump withdrew from the landmark nuclear accord in May, saying it was too generous to Iran. "I believe in meetings. if they want to meet, we'll meet".

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a joint press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on July 30, 2018.

He added that he had recently had a "great" meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with representatives from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

US officials tell Reuters that the goal of Trump's push is to curb Iranian behavior, which America, its Gulf allies and Israel say has fueled instability in the region through Tehran's support for militant groups.

In May, the U.S. abandoned a deal which curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Using capitalised letters he warned of dire consequences "THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED" if Iran threatened America.

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That plan contains the following sentence: "Iran is not likely to seek further negotiations once the JCPOA is abrogated, but the Administration may wish to consider rhetorically leaving that possibility open".

Falahatpisheh told the Iranian Students' New Agency, "Trump knows well that America has no power to fight with Iran, while he has no idea of Iran's economic potential".

The council was set up by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to help formulate long-term policies for the Islamic Republic.

The top USA diplomat and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend Saturday's meeting of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

"I will meet with anybody", Trump said, touting his previous two summits while bashing the coverage from the "fake news".

Jafari is the same commander who said in November that Iran does not need to extend its range of missiles because the Islamic Republic already has the ability to reach far enough to strike American forces deployed in the Middle East if the nation is faced with USA aggression. "The United States is not trustworthy". In addition to Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia and the European Union are negotiating with Iran on preserving the deal.

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