Iran Rejects Trump’s Offer of Talks as ‘Humiliation’

Iran Rejects Trump’s Offer of Talks as ‘Humiliation’

Iran Rejects Trump’s Offer of Talks as ‘Humiliation’

Mr Trump said he had "no preconditions" for a meeting with the Iranians, adding: "If they want to meet, I'll meet".

Bahram Ghasemi, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Monday there was no possibility of dialogue, and that the US had shown itself to be "totally unreliable".

It was not clear how seriously Mr Trump was proposing a meeting, which would be the first encounter between USA and Iranian leaders since the 1979 Revolution.

"Today, we are at a very critical juncture regarding the JCPOA, and Europe's transparent expression of its position on actions (that it will take) after the USA illegal withdrawal is very important for the Iranian nation", Rouhani said in a meeting with Rob Macaire, the new British ambassador to Tehran.

"I have a feeling they'll be talking to us pretty soon", Trump told a rally in Tampa, Florida, before adding: "And maybe not, and that's OK too".

"When you translate those preconditions in Farsi, the general sense is that the U.S. is asking Iran to let the United States run Iran's domestic policy; the second precondition sounds like they want us to let the USA runs Iran's foreign policy;and the third precondition sounds. that they don't want Iran to have missiles or a peaceful nuclear programme".

Mike Pompeo, the USA secretary of state, appeared to contradict Mr Trump on Tuesday when he said the U.S. had several preconditions before talks.

Different sentiments were also voiced Tuesday by senior Iranian parliament member Ali Motahari, who said now is not a good time for Iran to negotiate with the United States.

The head of the powerful Revolutionary Guards equally dismissed Trump's tentative offer, saying the Islamic Republic was not North Korea.

"It is hard to see the Iranians... being agreeable to such a meeting with someone who only a few weeks ago basically sank an agreement with which they were so pleased".

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"Respecting the Iranian nation's rights, reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken to pave the bumpy road of talks between Iran and America", Abutalebi tweeted in Farsi.

"After it arrogantly and unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement, how can it be trusted?"

With "Washington's hostile measures against Tehran and its efforts to put economic pressure on the country and impose sanctions, there will remain no possibility for talks", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told reporters. He has vowed to ramp up sanctions until Iran radically changes its regional policies, including its support for regional militant groups, something its leaders have long refused to do.

The US is set to start reimposing full sanctions on Iran from August 6 - a move that has already contributed to a major currency crisis with the rial losing two thirds of its value in six months.

An adviser to Rouhani said Tuesday, though, the Iranian leader would mandate a us return to the landmark nuclear pact, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as a requirement for any discussions. Former President Barack Obama was heavily criticized by conservatives when he said he'd hold talks with Iran without prior conditions or stipulations.

Blanc said he views Trump's offer as very much in line with Trump's desired approach to solving global issues.

It is unclear whether Mr Rouhani has any interest in meeting with Mr Trump.

But U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on July 27 the Trump administration had not instituted a policy of regime change or collapse toward Iran.

Many in Iran are therefore suspicious of his latest volte-face.

"Good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world".

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