Trump says he would meet Iran’s leader without preconditions
02 August, 2018, 22:15 | Author: Kevin Carter
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet Iranian leaders without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, saying, "If they want to meet, we'll meet". "I believe in meetings", Trump said, adding that he would set "no preconditions" for a meeting with the Iranians. "I don't know if they are ready yet", Trump told a White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at his side. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I'll meet'. If they want to meet, I'll meet any time they want, any time they want. Good for the country. "Good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world".
Trump said a future meeting with Iranian leaders would be useful "if we could work something out that is meaningful, not the waste of paper the other deal is", a reference to the agreement reached under his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015 with global support.
The overture comes as Trump and the Iranians escalate their rhetoric after Trump withdrew the USA from a landmark 2015 nuclear accord in May.
Under the 2015 deal, the fruit of Rouhani's efforts to ease Iran's worldwide isolation to help revive its economy, Iran curbed its shadowy nuclear program and won relief from United Nations and Western sanctions in return. Washington's European allies maintain their support for the deal and have vowed to stay in it, though their businesses fear U.S. penalties.
"Respect for the great nation of Iran, reduction in hostilities, U.S. returning to the nuclear deal..." It was a ridiculous deal.
"If we could work something out that's meaningful, not the waste of paper that the other deal was, I would certainly be willing to meet". Yet in meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump has taken bold steps to ensure regional and even global peace.
The head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said on Tuesday Tehran saw no worth in Trump's offer, made only a week after he warned Iran it risked dire consequences few had ever suffered in history if it made threats against Washington.
"I believe in meeting... speaking to other people, especially when you're talking about potentials of war and death and starvation and lots of other things".
Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the president's National Security Council, later said in a statement that the US would not be lifting any sanctions or re-establishing diplomatic and commercial relations until "there are tangible, demonstrated, and sustained shifts in Tehran's policies".
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