Donald Trump said he would be willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with "no preconditions" as tensions between the two countries climb following the US president's decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal.
Iranian officials said on Tuesday that they would not engage in talks with the President Donald Trump unless the US rejoins the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Responding to Trump's offer, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the USA should blame itself for leaving the negotiating table by unilaterally scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal - officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Trump's offer of talks came only days after he effectively threatened Iran in a tweet addressed to President Hassan Rouhani and said, "You will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before". "It was a ridiculous deal", Trump said. But following his announcement, Trump and his administration have been seeking to get others to follow suit with the threat of sanctions that are expected to take effect next week.
President Donald Trump said Monday he'd welcome a meeting with the leaders of longtime USA enemy Iran without any preconditions - minutes after vowing that he would never allow the Islamic theocracy to develop nuclear weapons.
Trump had hurled insults at North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un before meeting him in June.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted in response, "COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago".
Rouhani said during a meeting with Britain's ambassador on Tuesday that after what he called the "illegal" US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, "the ball is in Europe's court now".
The top US diplomat had released 12 demands for talks with Iran in May, following Mr. Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
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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 would meet with anybody", he said, according to Reuters.
The White House said that even though the president "is open to dialogue and negotiation", it did not mean the US would lift sanctions or re-establish diplomatic and commercial relations.
"We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence & death".
Iran, however, responded that the way back to talks was for the United States to return to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers. Unlike the Iran nuclear deal, this proposal was not exclusively focused on nuclear matters: The Iranians offered to help stabilize Iraq, disarm Hezbollah and collaborate against all terrorist organizations (especially al Qaeda). Back then, all 20 countries that were importing Iranian crude received waivers from the sanctions, in exchange for gradually reducing the imports.
"Based on our bad experiences in negotiations with America and based on the USA officials' violation of their commitments, it is natural that we see no value in Trump's proposal", Kharazi said. Deputy Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Motahari echoed Aboutalebi's words, saying it would be "humiliating" for Iran to hold talks with the United States right now.
" 'Trump may take advantage of this over-excitement, ' he said, the state-run IRNA news agency reported".
The United States Treasury Department has warned it will impose sanctions on every country that failed to stop importing oil from Iran after the November 4 deadline it has set.