Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

TRUMP DIPLOMACY: The President Says He's 'WILLING TO MEET' Iranian Leaders

TRUMP DIPLOMACY: The President Says He's 'WILLING TO MEET' Iranian Leaders

In fact, the Trump administration appears to be quietly encouraging a rebellion inside Iran stemming from the deteriorating economic conditions in the country, partly as a result of punitive sanctions.

The withdrawal from the agreement came after Iran was given months of opportunity to re-negotiate these parts of the deal.

"U.S. can only blame itself for pulling out and leaving the table..." He reactivated USA sanctions, the most all-encompassing measures against Iran, and warned countries to stop importing Iranian oil from November 4 or risk US penalties. Hard-line opponents of engagement with the West, in turn, have gained stature from Mr. Trump's move, which validated their argument that the US can't be trusted.

Iran had showed its openness to dialogue in the past, particularly with the phone call between Rouhani and Trump's predecessor Barack Obama in 2013.

Just hours earlier, Vice President Mike Pence said that if Turkey does not take immediate action to free Brunson, "the United States of America will impose significant sanctions on Turkey".

Monday, Trump also said he would not require any preconditions for a meeting.

Mr. Rouhani, a moderate, has himself moved toward hard-line, anti-U.S. rhetoric as domestic pressure has grown, both from stinging critiques and an economy spinning out of control.

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The plunge in value comes as businesses prepare for the full force of new American sanctions on Iran, set to come into effect in August and November.

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

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did leave open the door to the possibility of engagement with the U.S. this month in Tehran when he said that Americans "must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace", according to the state-run news agency IRNA.

Mr. Rouhani's office couldn't be immediately reached for comment. One of the earliest responses was issued by an aide to President Rouhani, who said on Tuesday that the US would have to return to the internationally-backed nuclear deal and stop new sanctions against Iran if it wants negotiations with Tehran. It took about 112,000 rials to buy one USA dollar on Tuesday, almost double what it cost when Mr. Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal.

It was not clear how seriously Mr Trump was proposing a meeting, which would be the first encounter between United States and Iranian leaders since the 1979 Revolution.

"Trump understands that he does not have the capacity to wage war with Iran, but due to historic mistrust, diplomatic ties have been destroyed", said Falahatpisheh, adding that this left no choice but to work towards reducing tensions.

Trump said at the start of his meeting with Conte that the country's new populist government "has taken a very firm stance on the border". But Iran isn't going to do this, any more, frankly, than North Korea will.

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