Iran on the Verge of Collapse Willing to Talk with US ‘Right Now’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he’s willing to talk to the US “right now”.
His statement comes as US sanctions on the country took effect Tuesday. They were previously relaxed under the Y 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
President Rouhani said Monday: “I do not have preconditions. If the US government is willing, let’s start right now.”
White House Security Adviser John Bolton said on TV Monday: “If the Iranians are really willing to come and talk about all of their malign behavior in the region and around the world, I think they willfind the President willing to do it.”
But President Rouhani said: “The person who is claiming to be willing to negotiate today has withdrawn from all international commitments, from [the] Paris Agreement (on climate change) to its business commitments with other countries.”
Both countries have expressed willingness to sit down with the other in the past, but each have doubted the others sincerity.
The 1st set of US sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord went back into effect early Tuesday under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, targeting financial transactions that involve US dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including Gold and Silver.
More US sanctions targeting Iran’s Crude Oil sector and central bank are to be reimposed in early November 2018.
Tuesday, in an early-morning Tweet, President Trump said the re-imposition of sanctions mean, “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.”
“I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!”
The stiff economic sanctions ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies, three months after President Trump pulled the US out of the international accord limiting Iran’s nuclear activities.
Recall that President Trump declared the landmark Y 2015 agreement had been “horrible,” leaving the Iranian government flush with cash to fuel conflict in the Middle East.
Iran accused the U.S. of reneging on the nuclear agreement, signed by the Obama administration, and of causing recent Iranian economic unrest.
European allies said they “deeply regret” the US action, but they like Iran will align.