Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran snubs offer of a meeting by Trump

Iran snubs offer of a meeting by Trump

It's a setback in terms of tamping down tensions with the nation since Trump's both pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and ratcheted up US sanctions on Iran.

In his open letter to Trump, Jafari went further, saying, "The Iranian nation has many differences with those nations that submit to domination, and will never allow its authorities to hold talks and meetings with the Great Satan", referring to the United States.

"North Korea already has a nuclear weapon and is more isolated form the worldwide economy, the worldwide stage, whereas Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon and, I know it sounds extraordinary to say, but compared to North Korea is more integrated into the global economy", he said. "If they want to meet, I'll meet". Trump wrote on Twitter late Saturday.

On May 8, President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the JCPOA, which was struck in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

Trump administration officials say the sanctions are being restored starting Monday in an effort to change the Iranian regime's behavior. Economic woes are sparking sporadic, leaderless protests across the country.

A group of protesters chant slogans at the old grand bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 25, 2018.

Iran's economy has rapidly deteriorated in recent months due in part to uncertainty over the atomic accord, fueling protests.

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Iran's parliament, for the first time ever, has called up Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to grill him on the foreboding economic downturn.

Despite the protests, Iranian leaders have reacted skeptically to Trump's offer of talks, insisting that the United States first rejoin the nuclear deal.

Iran's foreign minister said on Friday China was "pivotal" to salvaging a multilateral nuclear agreement for the Middle Eastern country after the United States pulled out of the pact earlier this year.

"US can only blame itself for pulling out & leaving the table".

"Threats, sanctions and PR stunts won't work". "That's what America is trying to get Iran to stop doing". Without a doubt, questioning the President can be welcomed with observing at least two points; first, it must be within the framework of the Constitution, and second, it must be put forward in the right time and conditions of the country, none of which were unfortunately met.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, who heads the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, suggested a United States return to the nuclear deal would be needed before Tehran could think of negotiating.

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