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

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

Nonetheless, Jerusalem remains optimistic about Trump's hard-line policy and the outcome of renewed United States sanctions against Iran.

However, Hamid Aboutalebi, an adviser to President Rouhani, tweeted in response to Mr Trump that only "returning to the nuclear deal" and "respecting the Iranian nation's rights" would pave the way for talks.

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

On May 8, Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, keeping a campaign promise, but ignoring the advice of America's allies. "I don't know that they are ready yet".

The remark sent a spark of anticipation in diplomatic circles despite the President's recent testy twitter message to Iran because of the rapidity with which he turned around on North Korea, with whose leadership he exchanged far more sulfurous insults.

'No preconditions, no. If they want to meet, I'll meet anytime they want, anytime they want, ' he said.

U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo told reporters he was on board with the president's invitation, saying Mr Trump "wants to meet with folks to solve problems". 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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not meet with his Iranian counterpart during a meeting of southeast Asian nations in Singapore this weekend, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump offered talks with Tehran without preconditions. The White House never confirmed the offer, but Rouhani's chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, said Rouhani refused the repeated offer, according to state-controlled Iranian media.

Quds Force Chief Tells Trump Iran Ready To Confront U.S.
Following Sunday's warning tweet, Trump suggested Tuesday talks were an option, saying "we're ready to make a real deal". He was quoted by news website yjc.ir, affiliated with state-run television, as saying "we are ready to confront you".

The Strategic Council on Foreign Relations was set up by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to help formulate long-term policies for the Islamic Republic.

Hours before Mr Trump's statement, Tehran had ruled out talks with Washington.

With the first United States sanctions due to come into effect next Monday, the economy in Iran has already been hit, giving rise to growing fears of prolonged economic suffering.

A meeting between l Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump could be on the cards.

"Trump may take advantage of this over-excitement", he said, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

"But now maybe Trump wants to give the Iranian people an opportunity and, God willing, it could be a way to get past our disastrous situation", added Hushiar, an office manager in her 50s. It is getting ever clearer that these United States measures are no longer merely aimed at changing Iran's behavior but instead at regime change.

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

But Iran's currency, the rial, has been in a freefall - dropping 18 percent just in the past two days.

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