Trump says he's willing to meet Iran's president 'anytime'

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A man in Tehran looks at a newspaper with a picture of President Trump on the front page on Tuesday.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, who heads the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, suggested a US return to the nuclear deal would be needed before Tehran could think of negotiating. As Trump took questions today during his joint press conference with Italy's Giuseppe Conte, he was asked whether he'd meet with Iran's leaders in a similar manner to his recent summits with Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump said Monday he is willing to meet with Iran's leadership, without preconditions, "whenever they want", a sharp departure from his threats against the regime last week.

"The U.S.is not trustworthy".

Despite this, Mr Trump said on Monday: "Speaking to other people, especially when you are talking about potential of war, death and starvation, you meet". The Trump administration has facilitated a waiver for New Delhi from its punitive sanctions against Russian Federation, but appears less inclined to do so vis-à-vis Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fired back with his own message that began, "COLOR US UNIMPRESSED".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the President had made the offer before.

Iran, in turn, has responded with a list of conditions of their own.

Hamid Aboutalebi, one of Rouhani's advisers, tweeted on Monday that the USA would have to rejoin the JCPOA, give "respect to the great nation of Iran", and "reduce hostilities", before any meeting could take place.

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Iran had showed its openness to dialogue in the past, particularly with the phone call between Rouhani and Trump's predecessor Barack Obama in 2013. In return, Tehran agreed to take steps to curb its ability to make a nuclear bomb.

Ali Motahari, deputy speaker of Iran's parliament, said negotiations "would be a humiliation" following the US' withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear pact with world powers.

There was some hope and a lot of scepticism in Iran on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump offered talks, with the country's leaders refraining from a quick response.

Iran's president says the country has never been seeking tension in the Middle East region.

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. "So many things have happened so positive", Mr Trump said. "Even US presidents after you will not see that day".

U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo told reporters he was on board with the president's invitation, saying Mr Trump "wants to meet with folks to solve problems".

Under the 2015 deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the fruit of Rouhani's efforts to ease Iran's global isolation to help revive its economy, Iran curbed its shadowy nuclear program and won relief from United Nations and Western sanctions in return.

"I ended the Iran deal".

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