Iranian diplomat says no value in Trump’s talks offer

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Donald Trump said he would be willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with "no preconditions" as tensions between the two countries climb following the USA president's decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal. "No preconditions. If they want to meet, I'll meet", Trump said at a White House news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Three months ago, the U.S. abandoned the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) and imposed sanctions on the state.

Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have traded hostile warnings via speeches and Twitter. It was a ridiculous deal. Some will be reimposed in August and target autos, gold and other key metals, while others will snap back in November and target the energy sector and transactions with Iran's central bank.

Iranian officials have spoken out against US President Donald Trump's offer to meet Iran's leader. The summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un actually happened, even if it delivered few concrete results.

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.

"If Trump had not withdrawn from (Iran's) nuclear deal (with world powers) and had not imposed sanctions on Iran, there would be no problem with negotiations with America. I'm ready to meet any time they want", he said.

Iranian Vice-President Eshagh Jahangiri said the government and the central bank would unveil a new economic plan by the end of this week to tackle the US sanctions and the rial's fall.

Rouhani recently warned the USA that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars", prompting an all-caps retort from Trump.

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Many Iranians find it hard to believe that the man who is trying to destroy their economy, and has banned them from flying to the U.S., can be trusted.

Iran's goal at such a meeting would be to obtain economic relief in exchange for nuclear concessions - a better nuclear deal for America, as Trump puts it.

"NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE", Trump tweeted. "We would jump on the opportunity to get that deal if it was offered today", the official responded. With all the conditions subsequently added, however, it's likely that the Iranian government's reticence will seem more well-founded to a public eager for a diplomatic path to normalization.

The Strategic Council on Foreign Relations was set up by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to help formulate long-term policies for Iran.

After months of escalating rhetoric, Trump's offer to meet Iranian president marked a shift in tone. "It would be a humiliation", Motahari said, according to the conservative Fars News. "America is not trustworthy", he said.

It was not clear how seriously Mr Trump was proposing a meeting, which would be the first encounter between USA and Iranian leaders since the 1979 Revolution. "The United States has shown that it is totally unreliable".