Trump Says He’s Willing to Meet With Iranian President With ‘No Preconditions’

Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi and Arias Canete the European Union Energy commissioner speak to the press after meeting in the capital Tehran

President Trump says the USA will hit Turkey with "large sanctions" over an American pastor detained on terror and espionage charges, and he called for the pastor's immediate release.

Trump's call for a meeting came only days after he threatened the country with dire consequences in an all-caps tweet rebuking Rouhani for threats made against the United States.

'I'll meet with anybody, ' he said.

President Rouhani said Iran wouldn't like to see any problems emerge in global waterways.

Analysts also cited the influence of White House hawks including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Mr Trump's tendency to target major policies of his predecessor Barack Obama.

"I'd meet with anybody".

The remark sent a spark of anticipation in diplomatic circles despite the President's recent testy twitter message to Iran because of the rapidity with which he turned around on North Korea, with whose leadership he exchanged far more sulfurous insults.

He added: "I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet and I'm ready to meet any time that they want to".

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Violating the sanctions would put entities at risk of losing access to the US banking system, though Trump's State Secretary Mike Pompeo said the goal is to convince countries to stop buying the oil before the sanctions snap into place. After going on a critical tangent about NATO, Trump got back on track by reaffirming that he'll meet with Iran's leaders to negotiate a new nuclear agreement.

"I'll meet with anybody", Trump said of a possible meeting with Iranian leaders during a joint press conference with Italy's prime minister.

At the same time, senior cleric Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri, a member of Iran's Expediency Council, said it didn't make sense to reject the offer out of hand.

The worldwide nuclear agreement forced Iran to curtail its uranium enrichment capacity to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, and imposed stringent verification processes, in exchange for relief on crippling sanctions.

He said oil prices, which Trump has been pressuring the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to bring down by raising output, will instead rise unless the United States grants waivers to buyers of Iranian crude.

He reactivated US sanctions, the most all-encompassing measures against Iran, and warned countries to stop importing Iranian oil from November 4 or risk USA penalties.

Pompeo appeared on CNBC hours after Trump's statements on Monday to set some conditions.

The Majlis deputy speaker said the situation is not right for negotiations "because it will be accompanied by disgrace and humiliation". "Now all of those countries except the USA are on Iran's side, wanting to stick with the deal and keep doing business". "The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government".

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