TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian officials reacted skeptically on Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that he is willing to negotiate with his Iranian counterpart, saying instead that if Trump wants to talk, he should participate in the international nuclear deal that he unilaterally pulled out of earlier this year.
Trump on Monday said he had a meeting with the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, “anytime” if the Iranian leader were prepared.
The Iranian leaders have previously ruled out one-on-one conversations with the Trumpet, after his decision to pull the United States out of the deal under which Iran was given relief from the sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
The iranian semi-official news agency ISNA quoted political adviser Hamid Aboutalebi as to say that for conversations to happen, the US needs to rejoin the deal.
“And those who believe in dialogue as a method for resolving disputes in civilized societies must be committed to the resources,” he said.
Trump withdrew from the landmark nuclear agreement in May, saying it was too generous to Iran. He has vowed to increase sanctions until Iran radically changes its regional policy, including the support of regional militant groups, something the country’s leaders have long refused to do.
Although Trump on Monday said if Rouhani were to meet him there would be “no preconditions,” he did not walk back from one of those previous requirements.
With the first U.S. sanctions that following Monday, the economy in Iran is already affected, which give rise to the growing fears of a prolonged economic malaise.
The Iranian currency is in free fall, hitting a new low Monday, on 122,000 rial and the us dollar is on the thriving black market. It recovered slightly from 115 000 to the dollar on Tuesday, and the worries grow as the Iranians have seen their savings fall and the purchasing power decrease.
Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of the influential parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, suggested an AMERICAN return to the nuclear deal, and that would make an end to the economic uncertainty, would be needed before Tehran would be able to think to negotiate.
“There can be no negotiations with the Americans that the issue of the calls from the position of power,” he was quoted as saying on the website of the Iranian parliament, calling Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal the “biggest blow to diplomacy.”
Reformist lawmaker Mostafa Kavakebian questioned negotiate with the Trumpet, and calls him “unreliable”, and also said, now was not the time for a conversation.
“If these negotiations (is) carried out in any form, then it will be considered as surrender and the Iranian nation will not surrender,” he said.