Trump says ready to meet Iran's Rouhani
July 30, 2018 4:10 pm
US President Donald Trump has offered to meet Iran’s leaders with no preconditions, at any time they want.
“They want to meet, I’ll meet. Any time they want,” he said at a White House news conference with Italy’s PM.
The US president’s conciliatory approach comes after he and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traded hostile warnings earlier this month.
In May, the US left a deal which curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of international sanctions.
Washington is preparing to re-impose sanctions on Tehran within days – despite objections from the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, who all signed the 2015 agreement.
The US is deeply suspicious of Iranian activity in the Middle East and is an ally of Israel and Saudi Arabia, two of Iran’s foes.
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“I’d meet with anybody. I believe in meetings,” Mr Trump added, speaking alongside Italy’s Giuseppe Conte.