Trump says he's ready to meet Iran's Rouhani

Trump says he's ready to meet Iran's Rouhani

"Talks with the U.S. would have been right had the USA not withdrawn from the JCPOA and imposed sanctions on Iran", Ali Motahhari said, according to Iran's state-run IRNA news outlet.

Mr Trump said last night that he would meet the Iranian leadership "any time they want to" and regardless of whether it would agree to stricter curbs on its nuclear programme.

In response, Iran said the way back to talks was for the return to the nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers that Trump exited in May. "They want to meet, I'll meet, whenever they want".

Shortly before that July 22 tweet, Rouhani had addressed Trump in a speech, saying that hostile US policies could lead to "the mother of all wars". "I don't know that they are ready yet".

Trump has repeatedly shown a willingness to cast traditional diplomatic protocol aside and meet with leaders shunned by other administrations, including North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I'd meet with anybody".

He said that he had a "great" meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, chastising the "fake news" for the nearly uniformly negative coverage of the event.

"If Trump had not withdrawn from the nuclear deal and not imposed (new) sanctions on Iran, there would be no problem with negotiations with America", he told state news agency IRNA.

Trump was responding to a question at a joint news conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. He also said the U.S. government was launching a Farsi-language channel on TV, radio, digital and social media platforms.

"Today, negotiations with the USA bring humiliation", he said Tuesday according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

"But now maybe Trump wants to give the Iranian people an opportunity and, God willing, it could be a way to get past our disastrous situation", added Hushiar, an office manager in her 50s.

In response, Iran said that if it is rendered incapable of selling its oil, other countries in the region will face the same - a relatively implicit statement that was taken to mean that Iran may block its waters in the Strait of Hormuz, through which worldwide oil cargoes pass.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018.

The Majlis deputy speaker said the situation is not right for negotiations "because it will be accompanied by disgrace and humiliation".

For now, this is also the official line, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying earlier this month that talking to Trump would be "useless".

"Iran came to the table to negotiate the [2015] nuclear deal after years of sustained pressure from the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China", Kenyon says.

He alleged that the deal did not restrict Iran's "destabilising activities" in the region enough. The declaration comes just days after Trump blasted Rouhani on Twitter, warning of military force. "Senior American officials have stated that there is no change in America's firm policy on Iran".