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Donald Trump says he’s open to meeting Iranian president with ‘no preconditions’

Donald Trump says he’s open to meeting Iranian president with ‘no preconditions’”

"If we could work something out that's meaningful, not the waste of paper that the other deal was, I would certainly be willing to meet", he added, noting that it would be good for the United States, Iran and the world.

"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", Hamid Aboutalebi, an adviser to Rowhani, tweeted on Tuesday.

Ali Motahari, the deputy speaker of Iran's parliament who is seen as part of Iran's moderate camp, said that to negotiate with Trump now "would be a humiliation".

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House on July 30, 2018 in Washington, where he said he was prepared to talk to Iranian leaders.

The proposal represented a drastic change of tone, considering that last week Trump was embroiled in threatening exchanges with the Iranian leadership.

Pompeo said on July 22 that the United States is willing to lift the sanctions, but listed 12 demands that the Iranian regime would have to meet first.

"I believe in meeting ... there is nothing wrong with meeting", Trump said, citing his successful meeting with Kim Jong-un as an example.

President Trump has extended an olive branch to Iran's leaders just days after a tweet he wrote appeared to say he was ready to use military force should they "ever threaten the United States".

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

Hours before Trump's statement, Iran's foreign ministry ruled out the possibility of negotiations with the US government over the enduring bilateral problems.

On Monday, Mr Trump said he was happy to meet the Iranian side, adding: "I'd meet with anybody".

"However, this relief is only possible if there are tangible, demonstrated and sustained shifts in Tehran's policies". He reactivated US sanctions, the most all-encompassing measures against Iran, and warned countries to stop importing Iranian oil from November 4 or risk USA penalties.

The withdrawal entails the re-imposition of not only sanctions on Iran but also the so-called secondary sanctions on third countries.

"There's more to come", Pompeo said of United States financial penalties.

With the US sanctions looming, the Iranian currency has been in freefall, hitting a new low Monday, at 122,000 rial to the dollar on the thriving black market.



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