Iranian currency rapidly dropping in value as U.S. sanctions approach

Saul Bowman
August 1, 2018

Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said: "The Iranian people will never allow their officials to meet and negotiate with the Great Satan, we are not North Korea". "If they want to meet, I'll meet".

On Monday, Trump, speaking at a news conference with visiting Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, said, "I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet".

However Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri, a senior cleric and member of the influential Expediency Council, said Trump's suggestion Monday that he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani should not be categorically rejected.

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

Hours before Mr Trump's statement, Tehran ruled out talks with Washington.

Bahram Ghasemi, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Monday there was no possibility of dialogue, and that the US had shown itself to be "totally unreliable".

Christopher Hill, a former lead U.S. negotiator with Pyongyang, told MEE at the time that the statement - after the talks - could not be called an agreement. We got our prisoners back. "There is nothing wrong with meeting", he said. But I ended the Iran deal, It was a ridiculous deal.

Publicly, the Trump administration says its policy with Iran is not "regime change", but to change Tehran's behaviour so it stops nuclear and missile work, support for proxies in the Middle East and backing of militant groups. A round of new US sanctions are set to be imposed on Iran early next week.


The United States is going after Iran in a rather smart fashion despite the childish rhetoric being traded on social media. "But negotiating with the Americans would be a humiliation now", he said.

Bahram Qassemi said at a news conference that there would "definitely not" be a possibility for a meeting between the two leaders, adding that the Trump administration's withdrawal from the nuclear pact with his government likely prohibited further negotiations, according to The New York Times.

"I have a feeling they'll be talking to us pretty soon", Trump told a rally in Tampa, Florida, before adding: "And maybe not, and that's OK too".

Trump's move to force Iran into fresh negotiations has for now reunited Iranian hardliners who opposed the nuclear deal and moderates like Rouhani who championed it to end the Islamic Republic's economically crippling standoff with Western powers.

Why did the U.S. withdraw from the nuclear deal? If Trump thinks otherwise then (a) he's fooling himself and (b) he should set some preconditions through which Iran can demonstrate its potential willingness to abandon the nuclear program.

When discussing critical issues, "you meet", Trump said. While Trump drew bipartisan criticism for his Putin summit - specifically for initially appearing to accept Putin's denial of US election meddling - the president maintained Monday that they had a "great meeting" and stressed that he's willing to meet with "anybody".

In addition to Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia and the European Union are negotiating with Iran on preserving the deal.

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