Despite Trump's Willingness, Iran Shuts Down Possibility Of Talks

Donald Trump Willing to Meet with Iranian Leaders – Without Preconditions			SAUL LOEB  AFP  Getty Images		30 Jul 2018

Iranian officials said on Tuesday that they would not engage in talks with the President Donald Trump unless the USA rejoins the 2015 nuclear agreement.

In a tweet responding to Trump's offer, an adviser to President Rouhani later said Iran would be open for talks only if the US "return [s] to the nuclear deal" and respects "the Iranian nation's rights", per a BBC translation.

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", Trump said.

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.

Mr. Trump appeared to be modeling a meeting with Mr. Rouhani-and the rhetoric around it-after his glitzy Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June.

"You threaten us with an action that is "unprecedented" in the world".

Iran's currency plumbed new depths on Monday, dropping past 120,000 rials to the dollar, but Trump's expressed willingness to negotiate with Tehran sparked a minor recovery on Tuesday to 110,000 rials on the unofficial market.

"If Trump had not withdrawn from the nuclear deal and not imposed (new) sanctions on Iran, there would be no problem with negotiations with America", he told state news agency IRNA.

"All of us believe that Trump is the enemy of Iran and Iranian people".

"They want to meet, I'll meet".

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As a result of Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement, some previously lifted USA sanctions will be reimposed on Iran over the next few months.

Mr Rouhani earlier said that war with Iran would be "the mother of all wars".

"I believe in meeting", Trump responded. Good for them. Good for us. 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.

On Monday, he said that he would be willing to meet Rouhani without preconditions to discuss how to improve relations. The Trump administration says its "maximum pressure campaign" is created to force Iran into a new deal that goes beyond limiting its nuclear program and includes curbs to its regional behavior and missile program.

Gulf states have accused Iran of backing Yemen's Houthi rebels with both money and weapons, though Iran has denied this.

In a separate letter to Rouhani on Wednesday, 193 lawmakers welcomed these changes "as a good starting point" and asked for "maximum shake-up" in the government.

He had said "Never, ever threaten the USA again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before". "So it's really hard for the Iranian leadership to now turn around and start negotiation from scratch", said Shahram Akbarzedeh, a research professor in Middle East and Central Asian Politics at Australia's Deakin University.

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Rouhani's political adviser Hamid Aboutalebi as saying that for talks to happen, the USA needs to rejoin the deal. Former deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman tweeted "Mr. President, Iran just might have a precondition- rejoin the community of nations in support of the JCPOA...."

Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has said Iran is honouring its commitments.

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