Since Trump’s decision to abandon the agreement Iran’s economy has been driven deeper into turmoil and its currency to record lows against the dollar.
A day after Trump said he would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions, an adviser to Rouhani indicated that the Islamic Republic could not trust an administration that unilaterally withdrew from the landmark nuclear pact.
“Respecting the Iranian nation’s rights, reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken to pave the bumpy road of talks between Iran and America,” said the adviser, Hamid Aboutalebi, according to the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency.
“Those who believe in dialogue as a method of resolving disputes in civilized societies should be committed to the means,” he said.
It was a predictable response by Tehran to a head-spinning reversal by Trump.
The rhetorical hostilities began last week after Rouhani was quoted as saying, “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
Trump fired back in nearly all capital letters on Twitter, warning Rouhani to “never, ever threaten the United States again,” and that doing so would bring “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”
Then, in a news conference Monday at the White House, Trump said he’d meet with Iranian leaders “any time.”
Iran has ruled out one-on-one talks with Trump since he withdrew in May from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six other countries. The deal granted the Islamic Republic relief from tough economic sanctions in exchange for opening its disputed nuclear program up to international inspections. Trump had long argued the agreement made too many concessions to Iran.
Aboutalebi made reference to a 2013 phone call between Rouhani and Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, one step in the yearslong diplomatic process that led to the nuclear agreement.
“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,” Aboutalebi said.
Trump’s comments came days before the first U.S. financial sanctions against Iran go back into place next Monday, targeting the automobile industry, the trade in gold and precious metals, and other areas of the economy.
Fears of the renewed sanctions have driven the Iranian rial to all-time lows against the dollar as ordinary citizens stockpile cash, pay soaring prices for medicines and cars, and brace for further economic turmoil. At some markets in Tehran, cellphone dealers closed their stores this week due to the instability in prices.
Iranian social media and exile groups have reported fresh anti-government protests in some cities, though they were not mentioned in the tightly controlled Iranian news media.
On Tuesday, the new governor of Iran’s central bank, Abdolnasser Hemati, said that volatility in currency and gold markets “is the byproduct of enemies’ conspiracies,” according to the Financial Tribune, an English-language daily.
Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the head of the parliamentary committee on foreign policy and national security, told ISNA: “Trump knows well that America has no power to fight with Iran, while he has no idea of Iran’s economic potential.”
But Trump’s words offered some comfort to Iranians panicked about their economic futures.
Nader Safari, a 47-year-old taxi driver in Tehran, said, “Iran must welcome dialogue with Trump. … What is the use of confrontation with the U.S.?”
Source: MSN – Iran says no direct talks with Trump unless he rejoins nuclear deal
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Sep 19, 2020 Comments Off on Trump to declare Iran sanctions ‘snapback’ in virtual address to UN
Sep 19, 2020 Comments Off on Nuclear deal with Iran to be killed by Trump before UN speech
Sep 18, 2020 Comments Off on Trump eyes executive order to punish arms trade with Iran
Sep 10, 2020 Comments Off on With Nuclear Deal On The Line, Iran Has Plenty At Stake In The U.S. Election
Sep 20, 2020 Comments Off on Intl. reactions to US claim on returning UN sanctions on Iran
Sep 20, 2020 Comments Off on Allies dismiss US announcement reimposing UN sanctions on Iran
Sep 19, 2020 Comments Off on E3 says Iran sanctions relief to continue beyond Sep. 20
Sep 18, 2020 Comments Off on US sanctions on Iran futile, not to work: Lavrov
Jul 25, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Flagrant violation’: Iran protests US jet approach at UNIran has protested the “flagrant violation” of international law to the United Nations after it said United States fighter jets sparked panic on an Iranian passenger plane over Syria. ...
Jul 22, 2020 Comments Off on Ayatollah Khamenei Hints Iran Yet to Strike ‘Reciprocal Blow’ Against US Over Soleimani KillingThe January 3 drone strike assassination of Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad brought Iran and the US to the brink of war, with Tehran responding with missile strikes on...
Feb 10, 2020 Comments Off on Qasem Soleimani, a hero or a terrorist?On 3rd of January a news spread in social media regarding Qasem Soleimani and AbuMahdi Mohandes who has died by a US drone strike near Baghdad Airport and this was the end of their lives. In social media, especially Iranian users, there was a chaotic situation, some called of “the general of...