U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned Monday that he’d “definitely meet” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and with out preconditions, if the Iranian chief had been prepared.
Talking throughout a joint information convention with Italy’s premier, Trump mentioned he would meet with the Iranians “anytime they wish to.”
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“I’ll meet with anyone,” he mentioned. “There’s nothing improper with assembly.”
The overture comes as Trump and the Iranians have been escalating their rhetoric after Trump’s Could withdrawal from the landmark nuclear accord. The US has additionally vowed to spice up sanctions till Iran adjustments its regional insurance policies, together with its assist for regional militant teams.
It’s unclear whether or not Rouhani has any curiosity in assembly with Trump. Rouhani’s chief of employees claimed earlier this month in Iran’s state-owned newspaper that Rouhani had rejected eight requests from Trump for one-on-one talks final yr.
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Rouhani not too long ago warned the U.S. that “warfare with Iran is the mom of all wars,” prompting an all-caps retort from Trump.
“To Iranian President Rouhani,” he wrote on Twitter. “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH.”
He ended the message with a warning: “BE CAUTIOUS!”
Iranian International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fired again together with his personal message that started, “COLOR US UNIMPRESSED.”
Trump tempered his threatening rhetoric two days later when he mentioned his administration stands prepared for Iran to come back again to the negotiating desk.
“We’re able to make an actual deal, not the deal that was accomplished by the earlier administration, which was a catastrophe,” he mentioned.
Trump has lengthy forged himself as a grasp negotiator who’s best when he meets together with his counterparts face-to-face. He pointed to his current one-on-ones with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin as examples of the advantages of such get-togethers.
“I imagine in assembly,” he mentioned, speaking up the advantages of “talking to different individuals, particularly if you’re speaking about potentials of warfare and loss of life and famine and plenty of different issues.”
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Requested whether or not he would set any preconditions for the conferences, Trump was clear.
“No preconditions, no. In the event that they wish to meet, I’ll meet anytime they need, anytime they need,” he mentioned. “Good for the nation, good for them, good for us and good for the world. No preconditions. In the event that they wish to meet, I’ll meet.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned not too long ago that the administration was “prepared to speak with the regime in Iran, however aid from American stress will come solely once we see tangible, demonstrated and sustained shifts in Tehran’s insurance policies.”
Related Press author Matthew Lee contributed to this report.