THE WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump, when asked on Monday afternoon if he would be willing meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to renegotiate a new Iran nuclear agreement, replied:
(AUDIO: “It could happen. It could happen. Yeah. No problem with me meeting.”)
(AUDIO: “Iran should straighten out, because frankly they are in a very bad position right now, and they should straighten it out because they could straighten it out very easily.”)
However, just a week ago, Rouhani lashed out at Trump, demanding that Washington lift any sanctions reimposed on Tehran after Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement Iran entered into in 2015 with the United States and six other countries, known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Trump has stepped up those sanctions significantly in a policy his administration calls “maximum pressure” in order to break the will of Tehran’s regime.
Trump’s statement regarding his willingness to meet with Rouhani comes on the heels of his statement at the G7 last week when asked if he might be willing to meet the Iranian leader at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York later in September.
(AUDIO: “If the circumstances were right, I’d agree to that.”)
Doug Christian, The White House