Iran policy unaffected by Trump’s negotiation offer to Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

ISNA said lawmakers also want Rouhani to explain why, more than two years after the landmark deal, Iranian banks still have only limited access to global financial services.

He told the Times that Iranian leaders would have to "demonstrate a commitment to make fundamental changes in how they treat their own people, reduce their malign behavior, can agree that it's worthwhile to enter into a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation".

Hamid Aboutalebi, an adviser to Rouhani, tweeted on Monday, calling for the respect Iran and return to the original nuclear deal.

And Iran's OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, said that Trump had been bamboozled into imposing sanctions on the country.

Mr. Trump's brusque tone hasn't endeared him to Iranian officials, either.

"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. Unless Washington is ready to rethink its arms sales to its Arab allies - and Trump clearly wants to sell them more weapons - it should have no expectations that Iran will cut back its missile program.

Iranian lawmakers have given President Hassan Rouhani one month to appear before parliament to answer questions on his government's handling of Iran's economic struggles, state media reported on Wednesday.

In his first public appearance after Trump's remarks, Rouhani himself avoided mentioning the U.S. president, instead stressing the need for the other countries involved in the nuclear deal to forge ahead with their pledges of trying to salvage it.

Rouhani's chief of staff claimed earlier this month in Iran's state-owned newspaper that Rouhani had rejected eight requests from Trump for one-on-one talks previous year.

The Trump administration has also launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, according to US officials.

The sanctions would punish firms that do business with Iranian entities.

In his first public comments after the remarks, Rouhani himself avoided mentioning Trump's comments, instead stressing the need for the other nations involved in the nuclear deal to forge ahead with their pledges of trying to salvage it.

Trump elicited Iran's furor in May when he unilaterally pulled the USA out of the 2015 nuclear accord the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany struck with Iran.

On Monday, Mr Trump said he was happy to meet the Iranian side, adding: "I'd meet with anybody".

Firstly, Trump has sought to meet his Iranian counterpart numerous times in the past already, without success.

Iranian officials have spoken out against US President Donald Trump's offer to meet Iran's leader.

In Washington, a senior State Department official said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had no plans to meet with Zarif if they both participate at an Asian security forum in Singapore later this week.

Just hours before that tweet, Rouhani had warned Trump's policies could lead to "the mother of all wars".

Many in Iran are therefore suspicious of his latest volte-face.

Earlier Monday, Iran's foreign ministry dismissed the possibility of holding talks with Washington, saying "it is not possible to have talks with a USA administration that adopts hostile policies against Iran". The President has been a strident critic of Iran, threatening the regime with "consequences" as recently as July 22, while his administration pursues a strategy that many see as regime change in all but name.



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