US president Donald Trump said on Monday that he is ready to start direct negotiations with Iran president Hassan Rouhani.
He further noted that there are “no preconditions” for the talks and they can get into the talks “whenever they want.”
I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet,” Trump said during a joint news conference at the White House alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. “I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet. I’m ready to meet whenever they want to.
“They want to meet, I’ll meet, whenever they want,” Trump added in his interview.
Praising the benefits of diplomacy, Trump added that he is ready to “meet with anybody” noting the example of his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin as a recent success. The meeting sparked massive and harsh criticism inside the US.
Speaking to other people, especially when you’re talking about potentials of war and death and famine and lots of other things — you meet. There’s nothing wrong with meeting.
The invitation for meeting comes days after harsh verbal battle between the heads of the two countries. In an all-caps tweet, Trump threatened Iran with “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.” The outrage was responded by “mother of all wars” on Iranian side.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Proposing no preconditions for the talks occurs in a condition that there is no prospect of a meaningful two-sided negotiation, analysts believe.