Trump, who pulled the US out of the 2015 worldwide agreement to restrain Iran's alleged nuclear weapons development in exchange for relief from economic sanctions against Tehran, said Monday that he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "I'll meet", Trump said at a joint press conference with Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
In a tweet responding to Trump's offer, an adviser to President Rouhani later said Iran would be open for talks only if the US "return [s] to the nuclear deal" and respects "the Iranian nation's rights", per a BBC translation.
Meanwhile, Iran has rejected Trump's offer to meet and instead has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. in the International Court of Justice in hopes of blocking United States sanctions set to be reinstated after the USA pulled out of the nuclear deal.
But now comes the good cop: Trump has also offered to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions and "whenever they want" - a conciliatory gesture that conspicuously diverges from his previously antagonistic stance.
Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump's repudiation of an global nuclear deal reached in 2015 was "illegal" and Iran would not easily yield to Washington's renewed campaign to strangle Iran's vital oil exports.
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The tweet appeared to be a response to remarks made by Iranian President Rouhani, who cautioned America against pursuing hostile policies to Tehran. But if history is a guide, there will be no such capitulation by Iran: With the Iranians, one of the most costly things to do, both culturally and politically, would be to show Trump the respect and deference he desires after his aggressive string of insults. He has vowed to ramp up sanctions until Iran radically changes its policies, including its support for the Syrian government and regional militant groups, something the country's leaders have long refused to do.
Such a meeting would be the first between United States and Iranian leaders since before the 1979 Iranian revolution.
"No preconditons. They want to meet?"
"There can be no negotiations with the Americans raising the issue of talks from the position of power", he was quoted as saying on the website of the Iranian parliament, calling Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal the "biggest blow to diplomacy".
"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".
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A man in Tehran looks at a newspaper with a picture of President Trump on the front page on Tuesday.
Qasemi criticised the United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal and economic sanctions that follow, noting "there are no conditions for such a discussion at all".
Iran's currency plumbed new depths on Monday, dropping past 120,000 rials to the dollar, but Trump's expressed willingness to negotiate with Tehran sparked a minor recovery on Tuesday to 110,000 rials on the unofficial market.
"To Iranian President Rouhani", he wrote on Twitter.
"Today, we are at a very important historic moment regarding the JCPOA", Rouhani said, adding that European parties need to transparently declare what measures they intend to adopt in order to make up for Washington's "illegal" pullout from the Iran deal.
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Many experts say North Korea merely intends to weaken the sanctions and has no intention of fully giving up its nuclear weapons. The militaries of North and South Korea have held talks in an attempt to further defuse tensions at the two countries' borders.
Many Iranians find it hard to believe that the man who is trying to destroy their economy, and has banned them from flying to the U.S., can be trusted.