Iran’s elite guards shoot down Trump’s meeting offer

Posted August 02, 2018

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did not address Trump's comments on Tuesday, instead focusing on the "illegal" USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal back in May, in a statement posted on his official website.

Rouhani said in a meeting with British Ambassador Rob Macaire Tuesday Tehran will not give up its rights to export oil, and called the US withdrawal from the nuclear pact illegal. Roughly one year ago, Bolton - not yet serving in his current post - unveiled a detailed plan on how the United States should leave the Iran nuclear deal.

"Today, we are at a very critical juncture regarding the JCPOA, and Europe's transparent expression of its position on actions (that it will take) after the USA illegal withdrawal is very important for the Iranian nation", Rouhani said in a meeting with Rob Macaire, the new British ambassador to Tehran.

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".

Asked whether he would set any preconditions for the meetings, Mr Trump was clear.

US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said they would discuss strengthening the "Comprehensive Partnership" and how to advance common security and economic interests. "I'm ready to meet whenever they want to". Oman, which has good ties with both Washington and Tehran, has served as a facilitator of previous talks between the US and Iran, notably during the Obama administration. Given the tone of Trump and Pompeo on Iran and the pointed commitment to making U.S. media accessible in Iran, it is hard to avoid drawing a parallel with that historical experience. But if history is a guide, there will be no such capitulation by Iran: With the Iranians, one of the most costly things to do, both culturally and politically, would be to show Trump the respect and deference he desires after his aggressive string of insults.

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Mr. Trump appeared to be modeling a meeting with Mr. Rouhani-and the rhetoric around it-after his glitzy Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June.

"They're certainly entitled to do that", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a July 31press conference.

The Iranian leadership has previously ruled out one-on-one talks with Trump, following his decision to pull the United States out of the deal under which Iran was given relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

"After it arrogantly and unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement, how can it be trusted?"

Last week, Trump issued a direct counterthreat to Tehran in an all-capital-letters tweet in which he sharply warned Rouhani to "never threaten the United States" or the Islamic Republic would suffer historic consequences.

Just hours before that tweet, Rouhani had warned Trump's policies could lead to "the mother of all wars". Maybe he's confident that Iran will refuse to meet with him, as they very likely will.

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Earlier Monday, Iran's foreign ministry dismissed the possibility of holding talks with Washington, saying "it is not possible to have talks with a US administration that adopts hostile policies against Iran".

Washington ramped up political pressure on Tehran and vowed to re-impose sanctions on the nation.

The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) rebuffs US President Donald Trump's offer of talks with Tehran, saying the Iranian nation will never allow their officials to hold talks with the "Great Satan" and will, instead, stay on the path of resistance against pressure.

Iran's foreign ministry responded, mocking Trump for not taking a more "civilized" tone.

Others in Iran were more receptive.

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