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

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

Trump's offer comes after a provocative warning a week ago from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who said the U.S. should not "play with the lion's tail" and warned that any conflict with Iran would be the "mother of all wars". "I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet, and I'm willing to meet anytime they want to", said Trump. On Monday, he said that he would be willing to meet Rouhani without preconditions to discuss how to improve relations.

Mr Rouhani had told Iranian diplomats: "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

Recently, the Trump White House announced that it seeks to bring Iran's oil sales down to "zero". "I would meet with anybody".

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. "If they want to meet, I'll meet".

When asked if such a meeting would come with any conditions, President Trump replied "no preconditions".

The Trump administration says it is engaged in a "maximum pressure campaign" created to force Iran into a new deal that goes beyond limiting its nuclear programme and includes curbs to its regional behaviour and missile programme.

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Iranian officials have spoken out against US President Donald Trump's offer to meet Iran's leader. He also said the United States government was launching a Farsi-language channel on TV, radio, digital and social media platforms.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, who heads the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, suggested a US return to the nuclear deal would be needed before Tehran could think of negotiating.

Economic hardship in Iran forced Khamenei to reluctantly back Rouhani's efforts in securing the 2015 nuclear deal. "So many things have happened so positive", Mr Trump said.

Reformist lawmaker Mostafa Kavakebian questioned negotiating with Trump, calling him "untrustworthy", and also said now was not the time for talks.

Oman, which has good ties with both Washington and Tehran, has served as a facilitator of previous talks between the United States and Iran, notably during the Obama administration. It is getting ever clearer that these U.S. measures are no longer merely aimed at changing Iran's behavior but instead at regime change. Iran doesn't. I think it's important to establish some sort of dialogue with the dictator of a power that can nuke American territory and possibly American cities.

The head of the powerful Revolutionary Guards equally dismissed Trump's tentative offer, saying the Islamic Republic was not North Korea. The day before Trump's fiery tweet, Pompeo likened the Iranian regime to the mafia and accused the ruling clerics of enriching themselves and funding terrorism at the expense of ordinary Iranians in a speech at the Ronald Reagan National Library in Simi Valley, California.

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