Trump Says He'll Meet Rouhani 'Anytime' with 'No Preconditions'

Trump Says He'll Meet Rouhani 'Anytime' with 'No Preconditions'

Former President Barack Obama held a brief phone call with Rouhani in 2013, as the talks that led up to the nuclear deal were getting underway.

Since then, Iran and other signatories have been working to find a way to salvage the agreement, even as the USA has started reimposing some sanctions on Iran.

The head of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) has said that Iranian officials would never meet with Donald Trump, "or any other USA president".

President Donald Trump said Monday that he'd "certainly meet" with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing.

No U.S. president has met with an Iranian leader since the Washington cut diplomatic relations with Tehran a year after the 1979 revolution that toppled the shah, a U.S. ally.

"To Iranian President Rouhani", he wrote on Twitter.

President Trump said at a news conference today that he'll "meet with anybody" without preconditions, even Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after last week's war of words.

What do the United States and Iran disagree on?

Blanc said he views Trump's offer as very much in line with Trump's desired approach to solving global issues.

President Donald Trump said Monday he'd welcome a meeting with the leaders of longtime United States enemy Iran without any preconditions - minutes after vowing that he would never allow the Islamic theocracy to develop nuclear weapons.

During a closed White House briefing with a number of organizations that favored a peaceful resolution to the Iran situation in early 2014, a colleague asked one of America's negotiators where a final deal likely would land in terms of centrifuges. "After it arrogantly and unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement, how can it be trusted?"

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Another non-starter is the idea that Iran must stop asserting its influence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon while Washington continues to help Saudi Arabia starve the people of Yemen, turns a blind eye to the Saudi Crown Prince kidnapping the Lebanese Prime Minister and financing the spread of extreme Salafism (the ideology of al Qaeda and ISIS).

In May, Trump pulled the United States out of the multilateral deal concluded before he took office, denouncing it as one-sided in Iran's favour.

"Respecting the Iranian nation's rights, reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken to pave the bumpy road of talks between Iran and America".

The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mohammad Ali Jafari, made the comment in an open letter published by Iran's state-controlled Fars News Agency.

Motahari added that hardliners, who have long opposed any rapprochement with the United States, share the blame for the collapse of the nuclear deal.

Iran's semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency quoted political adviser Hamid Aboutalebi as saying that for talks to happen, the U.S. needs to rejoin the deal.

The next day, on October 13, President Donald Trump announced that he had authorized the U.S. Department of Treasury to sanction the IRGC as a terrorist organization under terrorism Executive Order 13224, a move Trump said was "long overdue".

The deputy speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Motahari, said that to negotiate with Trump now "would be a humiliation". "Nategh Nouri said 'we have to contemplate" the gesture, but also cautioned 'we should not rejoice over this offer and not get excited'.

After months of escalating rhetoric, Trump's offer to meet Iranian president marked a shift in tone.

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.

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