Trump excludes the lifting of economic sanctions to compensate for Iranian losses
U.S. — President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would meet Iran’s chairman under the correct conditions to resolve the conflict over the 2015 nuclear agreement and that discussions were ongoing to see how nations could open loan lines to maintain Iran’s economy afloat.
But Trump, talking at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, ruled out raising economic sanctions to compensate for the losses sustained by Iran.
Trump informed journalists that it was reasonable to envisage a reunion between him and President Hassan Rouhani in the coming decades, defining Iran as a “great future” nation.
“I’ve got a good feeling. I believe he [Rouhani] will want to meet and get their condition sorted out. They’re suffering a lot,” the president said.
As he did in the first year of his reign in the presence of North Korean missile tests, Trump alternated between being open to discussions at some stage and threatening him.
“They can’t do what they’re saying they’re trying to do, because if they do, they will get brutal,” Trump said, citing Iran’s latest combative rhetoric about its capacity to invade U.S. interests.
“But [Iran] must prevent terrorism,” he said. “I believe they’re trying to change; I’m trying to.”
Sanctions hurting Iran
French President Emmanuel Macron, a guest of the summit, informed the same news conference that Rouhani had told him he would be available to the Trump meeting. Macron said he expected there would be a reunion between the two males in the coming decades. Trump and Rouhani will return to the United Nations General Assembly in September.
Rouhani is not Iran’s top decision maker. the ferociously anti-American Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is playing that part, and anything decided at the Trump-Rouhani meeting would be subject to the authorization of Khamenei.
European rulers have sought to calm the deepening conflict between Iran and the United States since Trump removed Washington from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers and re-imposed sanctions on Iran’s economy.
But Macron spent the summer trying to create the conditions for a bringing the two sides back to the negotiating table.
“What I expect is that in the coming decades, depending on these discussions, we will see a meeting between President Rouhani and the US President,” Macron said, adding that he thought they could reach a consensus.