Trump open to meeting with Iranian leader, but Iran rules it out

July 31, 2018 12:31 AM

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“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,” Qassemi said at the news conference, which was carried by Iran’s state news media.

Given the American repudiation of the nuclear agreement and the restored sanctions, Qassemi said, “I think there are no conditions for such a discussion at all.”

Trump’s decision to abandon the nuclear agreement with Iran and reimpose economic sanctions has been pummeling the value of Iran’s currency and raising the sense of economic crisis in the nation of 80 million. The currency, the rial, has lost half its value in the past few months.

The Iranians remain a part of the nuclear deal with the other nations — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — giving them little reason to think that a meeting with Trump would be to its advantage. Last week on Twitter, Trump said threats from Iran would be met by “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”

Trump followed up his tweet to Rouhani with an offer to engage Iran’s leaders in negotiations for a new nuclear agreement that he described as a “real deal.”


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