Following US President Donald Trump's offer on Monday to meet with Iranian counterparts without any "preconditions", Israel was reportedly informed on Tuesday that the US' strict policy toward Tehran has not changed.
Responding to Trump's offer, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States should blame itself for leaving the negotiating table by unilaterally scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal - officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It was a ridiculous deal.
Iran and other signatories have been working to find a way to salvage the nuclear agreement, even as the United States has begun reimposing some sanctions on Iran.
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". In early July, he threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if new USA sanctions cut off its oil sales, which have already begun to decline as the US pressures allies to reduce purchases.
It is unclear whether Mr Rouhani has any interest in meeting with Mr Trump.
Washington is preparing to re-impose sanctions on Tehran within days - despite objections from the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, which also signed the 2015 agreement. "Anybody at this point in Tehran who attempted to reach out to Trump would be slammed by another part of the establishment in Iran".
"I would meet with anybody", he said, according to Reuters.
At the conclusion of the news conference, Trump twice said that he will not lift sanctions imposed against Russian Federation in response to the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. "There's nothing wrong with meeting", Trump added. But they also made it clear they won't be able to force their companies to keep doing business with Iran, since it could break the sanction rules and, thus, cut the companies off from the USA financial system.
Iran poured scorn yesterday on an offer by President Trump to meet President Rouhani in an attempt to cut a new deal between the countries.
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In the U.S., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC on Monday that he was on board with the president's invitation, saying Trump "wants to meet with folks to solve problems". "So it's really hard for the Iranian leadership to now turn around and start negotiation from scratch", said Shahram Akbarzedeh, a research professor in Middle East and Central Asian Politics at Australia's Deakin University.
Regime change should be our goal.
The Strategic Council on Foreign Relations was set up by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to help formulate long-term policies for the Islamic Republic.
Trump began ramping up the public pressure on Iran about a week ago, saying on Twitter that the US won't tolerate Iran's "DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH" - a response to a warning that Iran's leader made to Trump.
"I believe in meeting", Trump said Monday.
Iran's semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency quoted political adviser Hamid Aboutalebi as saying that for talks to happen, the United States needs to rejoin the deal.
"There can be no negotiations with the Americans raising the issue of talks from the position of power", he was quoted as saying on the website of the Iranian parliament, calling Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal the "biggest blow to diplomacy".