Trump says he would ‘certainly meet’ with Iran’s Rouhani

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question as he holds a joint news conference with Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East

In an initial reaction to US President Donald Trump's suggestion that he is willing to meet Iranian leaders at any time and without preconditions, an official with the Islamic Republic on Tuesday outlined two prior requirements.

Speaking during a joint news conference with Italy's premier Giuseppe Conte, Mr Trump said he would meet the Iranians "any time they want to".

Trump would have to first take back the USA withdrawal from the internationally-backed deal with Iran on its nuclear weapons programme and also would have to suspend new sanctions against Tehran before any talks, Hamid Abutalebi, an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, said on Twitter. He has vowed to ramp up sanctions until Iran radically changes its regional policies, including its support for regional militant groups, something the country's leaders have long refused to do.

"I would meet with anybody".

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the head of influential parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, suggested a USA return to the nuclear deal, which would bring an end to the economic uncertainty, would be needed before Tehran could think of negotiating. "How can we trust this country when it withdraws unilaterally from the nuclear deal?"

It is unclear whether Mr Rouhani has any interest in meeting Mr Trump.

That dialogue was "based on the idea of confidence-building measures and the nuclear deal was an achievement of this effort and it must be accepted", wrote Aboutalebi.

"I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet".

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

Asked whether he would set any preconditions for the meetings, Mr Trump said: "No preconditions, no".

White House and administration officials rushed to place caveats on the president's seemingly open invitation.

"However, this relief is only possible if there are tangible, demonstrated and sustained shifts in Tehran's policies". "Until then, the sting of sanctions will only grow more painful if the regime does not change course".

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency quoted political adviser Hamid Aboutalebi as saying that for talks to happen, the US needs to rejoin the deal.

A senior aide to Rouhani said the only way back to talks was for Washington to return to the nuclear agreement.

Trump has repeatedly shown a willingness to cast traditional diplomatic protocol aside and meet with leaders shunned by other administrations, including North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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