Iran ties revival of nuclear deal to Trump talks

Posted August 02, 2018

Pompeo called for the Iranian leaders to "demonstrate a commitment to make fundamental changes in how they treat their own people" and to "agree that it's worthwhile" to enter into a new nuclear agreement.

"No preconditions, no. If they want to meet, I'll meet anytime they want, anytime they want", he said.

The head of Iran's most powerful military body on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's offer of direct talks with Iranian leaders, saying Tehran never would allow talks with what he called the "Great Satan".

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 leaders of the US and Iran have not met in person since before the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

"If the whole Iranian system had worked to implement this agreement, today we would be witnessing the presence of European companies in Iran and their investments, and even Trump would not be able to withdraw so easily from the deal", he said.

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"I'd meet with anybody".

Mike Pompeo, the USA secretary of state, appeared to contradict Mr Trump on Tuesday when he said the U.S. had several preconditions before talks. Iran's leaders have shown little interest in engaging with the U.S., however, particularly given the Trump administration's decision to leave the nuclear accord and - in an echo of its approach to North Korea - its subsequent drive to squeeze Iran's economy.

"It's the same as North Korea", he said. Back then, all 20 countries that were importing Iranian crude received waivers from the sanctions, in exchange for gradually reducing the imports. I don't know that they're ready yet.

"If Trump had not withdrawn from the nuclear deal and not imposed (new) sanctions on Iran, there would be no problem with negotiations with America", he told state news agency IRNA.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 has predicted that the Iranians will seek a new deal from him because the regime seems to be in trouble.

Pompeo made a public commitment to expanding Persian language broadcast into Iran to counter state censorship, in a strategy reminiscent of the USA approach to the former Soviet Union, and subsequently the post-Soviet republics that went through Colour Revolutions in the first decade of the 21st Century.

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While Iran has lost much of its purchasing capability, Iranian exportation of non-oil related goods is in full swing as foreign buyers are able to get products on the cheap. On Monday, he declared that he would be willing to meet Rouhani without preconditions to discuss how to improve relations.

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. In a panic to stop the damage as USA sanctions are set to be reimposed starting next week, the Central Bank of Iran announced plans to move forward with its own cryptocurrency on Monday.

There is no guarantee that a "better deal" can be reached by Trump, and many of Trump's demands are proven non-starters.

Given Iran's various centers of power and the skepticism about such a meeting on the part of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the country's spiritual guide and most powerful man, it's very unlikely to happen.

"How can Trump prove to the Iranian nation that his comments of last night reflect a true intention for negotiation and have not been expressed for populist gains", he added.

He continued, writing in all capital letters, that: "WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH". But Iran isn't going to do this, any more, frankly, than North Korea will.

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