'The United States is not trustworthy': Iran rejects meeting with Trump

Senior Iranian officials today rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and ‘a humiliation’ after he acted to reimpose sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal. — Reute

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed his support for President Donald Trump holding talks with Iran, listing specific conditions for such discussions to occur, just hours after the president said he would not require preconditions to sit down with Iranian leaders. "I don't know if they are ready yet", Trump told a White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at his side.

Responding to Trump's offer, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. should blame itself for leaving the negotiating table by unilaterally scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal - officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Other signatories are working with Iran to try to save the agreement while Washington begins reimposing sanctions on Tehran that are to start taking effect in August.

President Trump has offered to meet Iran's leaders with no preconditions, at any time they want.

"Talks with the U.S. would have been right had the USA not withdrawn from the JCPOA and imposed sanctions on Iran", Ali Motahhari said, according to Iran's state-run IRNA news outlet.

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".

Trump said he would set "no preconditions", and, "If they want to meet, I'll meet, anytime they want".

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 USA presidential election.

Kamal Kharazi, the head of Iran's Strategic Council of Foreign, said there was "no value in Trump's proposal" given Iran's "bad experiences in negotiations with America" and "US officials' violations of their commitments".

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The US president's political schizophrenia - whether genuine or an act of calculated showmanship - has proven successful in that it, against all logic, led to a face-to-face meeting with the hereditary dictator of a long-isolated, rogue communist state. It is getting ever clearer that these United States measures are no longer merely aimed at changing Iran's behavior but instead at regime change.

"I ended the Iran deal - it was a ridiculous deal".

The White House clarified that Trump's potential willingness to meet with his Iranian counterpart does not change his administration's intent to ratchet up sanctions and rhetoric against Tehran with the stated goal of "seeking changes in the Iranian government's behaviour".

"If this negotiation (is) carried out in any form, then it will be considered a surrender and the Iranian nation will not surrender", Kavakebian said. "We would jump on the opportunity to get that deal if it was offered today", the official responded.

In spite of fierce verbal exchanges between Tehran and Washington in the recent weeks, Iranian authorities have kept the door to diplomacy open.

Israel, which opposed the nuclear deal and encouraged Trump to withdraw from it, seems not concerned with the USA offer to meet Iranian leaders.

"I will meet with anybody", Trump said, touting his previous two summits while bashing the coverage from the "fake news".

In 2015, Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, signed the deal in Vienna.

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