Trump says he's willing to meet Iran's president 'anytime'

Hugh Fox
July 31, 2018

Mr Trump, speaking at a news conference with visiting Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, said: "I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet". "I will certainly meet with Iran if they want to". Trump said Brunson "is suffering greatly". They're having a hard time right now.

Toning down hostilities and respecting Iran, while not exactly consistent with Trump's past negotiating strategies, might still be enough to get talks off to a good start.

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.

The bluster was gone this week, as Trump instead issued an invitation for a summit.

A meeting between l Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump could be on the cards.

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.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been one of the fiercest critics of the deal, and had often criticized the talks between the Obama administration and Tehran, accusing the Iranians of bamboozling the USA and other world powers.

Barely a week ago, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a rhetorical assault on Iran's leaders, comparing them to a "mafia" and promising unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a statement after a two day visit in Bern, Switzerland, July 3, 2018.

Trump then told reporters that he would like to see "a competing pipeline" in the region, and said he is talking with the Europeans about building additional ports capable of receiving shipments of USA liquefied natural gas.

Rouhani followed up on the threat on July 22, saying, "We have a lot of straits; Hormuz is just one of them".

Gulf states have accused Iran of backing Yemen's Houthi rebels with both money and weapons, though Iran has denied this. The company stated it has temporarily halted all oil shipments through the Red Sea's Bab El-Mandeb strait. I believe they will wind up wanting to meet. "I don't do that from strength or weakness".

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"I would meet with anybody", he said, according to Reuters.

The 2015 agreement came in response to fears that Iran was developing a nuclear bomb.

Iranian Vice-President Eshagh Jahangiri said the government and the central bank would unveil a new economic plan by the end of this week to tackle the US sanctions and the rial's fall.

Trump allegedly offered to meet Rouhani during the United Nations General Assembly in September.

But he did not rule out peace between the two countries.

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 a year ago.

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