Rabat - Two months after the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump has said that he is willing to meet his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, without preconditions.
Rabat – Two months after the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump has said that he is willing to meet his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, without preconditions.
The potential meeting was later rejected by both members of Trump’s administration and Rouhani’s advisers.
Trump’s assertion came in a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, in Washington D.C. on Monday.
When asked whether he would be willing to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Trump said, “I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don’t know that they’re ready yet. They are having a hard time right now. I ended the Iran deal. It was a ridiculous deal. I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet and I’m ready to meet any time that they want to.”
The US withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal in May, which led to the country reimposing sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. The deal was agreed and signed by the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the European Union.
An adviser to the Iranian president said on Tuesday that any talks with the US had to start with reduced hostility and a return to the international Iran nuclear deal.