Trump says he would 'certainly meet' with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Trump says he would meet with Iran's leaders without preconditions

President Donald Trump said Monday that he'd "certainly meet" with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing.

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

After a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House on Monday, the United States president expressed his willingness to reopen negotiations with Iran in an unusually soft tone.

His all-caps tweets might indicate otherwise, but Donald Trump said he'll meet with Iran 'anytime they want to'.

On July 22, Trump said in a tweet directed at Rouhani, "Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before".

President Trump says the Iran deal was 'ridiculous'.

Officials in Tehran, earlier in the day prior to the Trump-Conte joint news conference, explicitly ruled out any talks with Washington.

"The United States has proved that it is unreliable, so engagement and dialogue with the current USA government is impossible", Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said earlier on Monday. He reactivated USA sanctions, the most all-encompassing measures against Iran, and warned countries to stop importing Iranian oil from November 4 or risk US penalties. We got our prisoners back. "There's nothing wrong with meeting", Trump added.

"I hope it works out well with Iran".

So I am skeptical about Trump's ability to pivot to diplomacy with Iran, but that is not to say that a better deal can not be achieved.

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"US can only blame itself for pulling out & leaving the table". The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss Pompeo's schedule, said there were "no plans for any engagement with Iran" at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum.

In May, Trump pulled the United States out of the multilateral deal concluded before he took office, denouncing it as one-sided in Iran's favor.

"I don't know if they're ready to meet - they are having a hard time right now".

"He must first return to the nuclear deal and implement it before negotiating can even be contemplated", said analyst Mohammad Marandi, of the University of Tehran, who was part of the nuclear negotiating team. He said this would be good for the US, Iran and the world.

"Bolton and Pompeo are seeking adventurism, while Trump is talking about negotiation with Iran".

Trump may even be eager to grant Tehran some concession: Trump partly opposed the Obama's nuclear deal because it only lifted secondary sanctions (sanctions the USA imposed on other countries trading with Iran) without touching America's primary sanctions, keeping American companies from entering the Iranian market.

"I would meet with anybody", he said, according to Reuters.

The Trump administration has also launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, according to U.S. officials.

"President Trump might be interested in a bigger, better and broader deal with Tehran, but nearly no one in his entourage seems to share that interest", Vaez told VOA.

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