Trump says ready to meet with Iranian president without preconditions

At the conclusion of the news conference, Trump twice said that he will not lift sanctions imposed against Russian Federation in response to the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

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". On Monday, he said that he would be willing to meet Rouhani without preconditions to discuss how to improve relations.

Hassan Rouhani had said Iran could disrupt oil shipments from Gulf if Washington tried to choke exports.

Analysts also cited the influence of White House Iran hawks including Mr Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Mr Trump's tendency to target major policies of his predecessor Barack Obama. So lastly, even if they were to meet, why would Rouhani want to negotiate a new nuclear deal with the U.S. given that the Americans have turned their back on an already existing deal?

The President's sudden willingness to consider a meeting with Iran's leaders echoes his about-face on meeting with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un.

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

Mr. Falahatpisheh said it was productive to have a back-channel of communication with the US, but noted that the Trump administration's threats didn't make such diplomacy practical for now.

Trump has predicted that the Iranians will seek a new deal from him because the regime seems to be in trouble. "I believe in meeting", Mr. Trump said at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, who heads the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, suggested a USA return to the nuclear deal would be needed before Tehran could think of negotiating.

The US president's conciliatory approach comes after he and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traded hostile warnings earlier this month amid rising tensions.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi on Monday said "there is no possibility for talks", ahead of Trump's statement.

Under the 2015 deal, the fruit of Rouhani's efforts to ease Iran's global isolation to help revive its economy, Iran curbed its shadowy nuclear programme and won relief from United Nations and Western sanctions in return. Brian Hook, the State Department's director of policy planning, said on July 2 that more than 50 worldwide firms have already announced their plans to leave Iran, "particularly in the energy and finance sectors".

Per the New York Times, since Trump's departure from the pact, Iran's economy has taken a devastating hit, with its currency losing half its value.

Trump condemned the deal in part because it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile program and involvement in Middle East conflicts. "Senior American officials have stated that there is no change in America's firm policy on Iran".

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