Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Trump offers to meet leaders of Iran with ‘no preconditions’

Trump offers to meet leaders of Iran with ‘no preconditions’

"No preconditions. If they want to meet, I'll meet".

But Trump's remarks did represent a marked softening of tone from when he lashed out at Rouhani in a tweet a week ago.

It is with the stated goal of "seeking changes in the Iranian government's behaviour". Since then, Tehran's clerical establishment has been under increasing USA pressure and the prospect of renewed sanctions.

Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump's repudiation of an worldwide nuclear deal reached in 2015 was "illegal" and Iran would not easily yield to Washington's renewed campaign to strangle Iran's vital oil exports.

In May the United States left the deal which curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of worldwide sanctions. Under the accord, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow worldwide inspectors to examine in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions. These conditions included putting a complete stop to Iran's nuclear weapons programs, a complete withdrawal of its forces from Syria, and an end to its support of foreign terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.

Trump touted the benefits of diplomacy, saying he would "meet with anybody" and once again argued that his July 12 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin - which drew heated bipartisan criticism - was a success.

Trump touted the concept of "speaking to other people, especially when you're talking about potentials of war and death and starvation and lots of other things - you meet, there's nothing wrong with meeting".

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

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"It seems natural that we turn down his offer with regard to bitter experiences we learned from pervious negotiations with America and its repetitive breaches of obligations", added Karrazi who was Iran's foreign minister from 1997 to 2005 under the Khatami administration.

Secondly, the US administration is speaking from both sides of its mouth: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for instance, has insisted that certain criteria be met before Trump and Rouhani could meet, completely contradicting Trump's unconditional offers for a chat. "Anytime they want", he continued.

Pompeo called for the Iranian leaders to "demonstrate a commitment to make fundamental changes in how they treat their own people" and to "agree that it's worthwhile" to enter into a new nuclear agreement.

The last time sanctions were reimposed, under President Barack Obama in 2012, Iran lost about three-fifths of its oil exports. Trump has suggested in the past that financial pressure would eventually bring Tehran to the table.

In May, Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 multinational agreement that eased worldwide sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. U.S. financial sanctions take effect next week. The economic sanctions are only the beginning as the follow-on sanctions will target Iranian oil exportation.

In May, Trump withdrew the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement created to deny Tehran the ability to build nuclear weapons.

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. Oman, which has good ties with both Washington and Tehran, has served as a facilitator of previous talks between the USA and Iran, notably during the Obama administration.

Just over a week before President Trump had tweeted a strongly worded warning to the Iranian President.

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