Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Head of Revolutionary Guards says Iranian president will never meet Trump

Head of Revolutionary Guards says Iranian president will never meet Trump

Domestic pressure on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to take a more hard-line stance toward the USA after Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal gives him little leeway to accept President Donald Trump's offer to meet. "I believe in meeting", Mr. Trump said at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Asked at a White House news conference whether he was willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Mr Trump said: "I'd meet with anybody, I believe in meetings", especially in cases where war is at stake. "It was a ridiculous deal", Trump said.

Iran's OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, told Reuters on Tuesday that Trump was mistaken to expect Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to compensate for losses of Iranian oil caused by usa sanctions.

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.

Trump noted his recent one-on-one discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin as examples of his direct diplomacy with leaders deemed hostile to USA interests.

Analysts do not expect a Trump-Rouhani meeting anytime soon, pointing out that Trump has, for some time, been seeking to meet Rouhani directly without success.

The Trump administration says it is engaged in a "maximum pressure campaign" created to force Iran into a new deal that goes beyond limiting its nuclear programme and includes curbs to its regional behaviour and missile programme.

President Donald Trump waves after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Washington.

The White House clarified that even though the president is open to dialogue, this did not mean the USA would lift sanctions or re-establish diplomatic and commercial relations with Iran.

Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump's repudiation of the accord reached in 2015 was "illegal" and Iran would not easily yield to Washington's renewed campaign to strangle Iran's vital oil exports.

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Now Trump says he is happy to meet without preconditions.

He reactivated USA sanctions, the most all-encompassing measures against Iran, and warned countries to stop importing Iranian oil from November 4 or risk US penalties.

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.

"If the President's going to sit down with them without any preconditions, he must think he's a genius, because if he thinks he can pull off a meeting with the supreme leader of Iran without any prior discussions - good luck".

"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.

And on July 23, Trump warned Iran of serious consequences "few had ever suffered in history" if it made threats against the United States.

Trump may have no objections to some of these: Tehran seeks respect and a recognition that Iran is a major regional power without whom stability in the region is unachievable.

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Rouhani's political adviser Hamid Aboutalebi as saying that for talks to happen, the United States needs to rejoin the deal. "I, as a soldier, respond to you", Suleimani said in a speech reported by state-run media.

With regard to Iran, Trump seems to pursue a similar good cop/bad cop approach.

"But, negotiating with the Americans would be a humiliation now", Motahari said.

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