Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump says he's willing to talk to Iran without preconditions

Trump says he's willing to talk to Iran without preconditions

"I would certainly meet with Iran if they're ready to meet", Trump said during a White House press conference.

"I would certainly meet with Iran if they're ready to meet", he continued, adding that he doesn't think Iran is serious about scheduling a meeting yet.

"I don't know what the President hopes to achieve with that meeting", he said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room".

Many Iranians find it hard to believe that the man who is trying to destroy their economy, and has banned them from flying to the U.S., can be trusted. 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.

His all-caps tweets might indicate otherwise, but Donald Trump said he'll meet with Iran 'anytime they want to'.

'I believe in meeting, ' he said, talking up the benefits of 'speaking to other people, especially when you're talking about potentials of war and death and starvation and lots of other things'.

Asked if his call for $25 billion for a border wall is a "red line", Trump said, "I have no red line, unlike President Obama" - a reference to his predecessor's infamous statement about chemical weapons use in Syria. "No preconditions. If they want to meet, I'll meet". They want to meet, I'll meet.

Ali Motahari, deputy speaker of Iran's parliament, said negotiations "would be a humiliation" following the US' withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear pact with world powers.

The offer comes almost two weeks after President Trump fired back at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for threatening the United States.

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.

Others in Iran were more receptive.

He alleged that the deal did not restrict Iran's "destabilising activities" in the region enough.

One possible opportunity for the two leaders to meet would be during the United Nations General Assembly in late September.

But he did not rule out peace between the two countries.

Trump condemned the deal in part because it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile program and involvement in Middle East conflicts.

Iran and other signatories have been working to find a way to salvage the nuclear agreement, even as the USA has begun re-imposing some sanctions on Iran.

"With current America and these policies, there will definitely not be the possibility of dialogue and engagement, and the United States has shown that it is totally unreliable", Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday. Cessation of threats to global shipping was also on the list.

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