Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Trump says he would meet Iran's leader without preconditions

Trump says he would meet Iran's leader without preconditions

US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without any preconditions, at any time he wants.

Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump's repudiation of the accord reached in 2015 was "illegal" and Iran would not easily yield to Washington's renewed campaign to strangle Iran's vital oil exports. Any time they want.

'There's nothing wrong with meeting'.

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.

Trump's comments are coming after an impending re-imposition of the first batch of sanctions on Iran's economy forced a serious plunge in the country's currency.

According to foreign exchange website Bonbast.com, the Iranian rial plunged to 111,500 against one U.S. dollar on the unofficial market, down from about 97,500 rials on Saturday. Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

Combo photo of Trump (left) and Rouhani. The Iranian leader's chief of staff claimed earlier this month in Iran's state-owned newspaper that Mr Rouhani had rejected eight requests from Mr Trump for one-on-one talks a year ago.

Shortly before that July 22 tweet, Rouhani had addressed Trump in a speech, saying that hostile USA policies could lead to "the mother of all wars".

"Today we are at a very critical point in history regarding the nuclear deal, and Europe's transparent measures to compensate for the United States' unlawful withdrawal from it are very important for the Iranian nation", Rouhani said after talks with new British Ambassador Rob Macaire.

He ended the message with a warning: "BE CAUTIOUS!".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fired back with his own message that began, 'COLOR US UNIMPRESSED'.

"We're ready to make a real deal, not the deal that was done by the previous administration, which was a disaster", he said.

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".

'I believe in meeting,' he said, talking up the benefits of 'speaking to other people, especially when you're talking about potentials of war and death and starvation and lots of other things'.

Trump said he had "no preconditions" for a meeting with the Iranians, adding: "If they want to meet, I'll meet". 'Good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world.

Even though Trump on Monday said if Rouhani were to meet with him there would be "no preconditions", he also did not walk back from any of those earlier demands.

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