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Donald Trump says he would meet Iranian leader with no pre-conditions

01 August 2018

President Donald Trump said Monday he would meet with Iran's leadership without preconditions as the countries grapple with the consequences of his decision to pull the USA out of a landmark nuclear accord.

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. "It was a ridiculous deal", said Trump.

But with the USA about to reimpose full sanctions, starting on August 6, many in Iran are uninterested in his latest volte-face.

On Monday Trump said he could meet the Iranians with "no preconditions", adding that "if they want to meet, I'll meet anytime they want".

Trump has repeatedly shown a willingness to cast traditional diplomatic protocol aside and meet with leaders shunned by other administrations, including North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We can not negotiate with someone who violates worldwide commitments, threatens to destroy countries, and constantly changes his position", he added.

Analysts do not expect a Trump-Rouhani meeting anytime soon, pointing out that Trump has, for some time, been seeking to meet Rouhani directly without success.

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"I don't know if they're ready to meet - they are having a hard time right now".

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".

John Garamendi said such a meeting would likely not be successful.

Besides those restrictive measures, the White House has vowed the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran unless the country fulfills a list of U.S. demands.

These preconditions nearly certainly make the offer impossible, as the United States treats Iranian foreign policy as necessarily "malign behavior", and Iran is neither going to agree to deeper isolation, nor to the need for another nuclear deal while still trying to preserve the one the already signed, and which the U.S. dishonored earlier this year.

"No preconditions", Trump said on Monday of a meeting with Iranian leaders.

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

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" "It should be discussed in the Supreme National Security Council, ' said Nategh Nouri, who is also a former aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei". The rial dropped to 112,000 against the dollar over the weekend; it has been steadily dropping in value after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal earlier this year.

The former was dismissed by critics as resulting in little of substance, and the latter saw a number of gaffes, including Mr Trump appearing to say that he trusted Mr Putin's denial of election meddling over the opinion of United States intelligence agencies.

"But, negotiating with the Americans would be a humiliation now", Motahari said.

"Respect for the great nation of Iran, the reduction of hostilities, and America's return to the JCPOA, will smooth the path past the current rocky relations", adviser Hamid Aboutalebi said.

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Donald Trump says he would meet Iranian leader with no pre-conditions