Iranian President Demands U.S. Lift Sanctions Before Meeting Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump made a stunning announcement at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France—he would be willing to meet with Iran’s president under the right circumstances to end the confrontation over the 2015 nuclear deal. Trump did not, however, specify or explain those conditions. Reported by Ynet News. Read more…

The unexpected announcement raised alarm bells in Israel, where former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak called it “A red light for all of us.” Barak is running against incumbent prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the September 17 elections. Reported by i24 News. Read more…

French president Emmanuel Macron earlier said that a French diplomatic initiative could lead to a meeting between the two leaders. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Although earlier Rouhani appeared willing to meet, he later backpedaled, saying “Without the US’s withdrawal from sanctions, we will not witness any positive development.” Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

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Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani told Trump to “take the first step” towards a meeting by lifting all sanctions against Iran. In a speech of Iranian television, Rouhani stated, “The step is to retreat from sanctions. You must retreat from all illegal, unjust and wrong sanctions against the nation of Iran.” Reported by i24 News. Read more…

Rouhani said that Iran will always say “no” to bilateral talks with the U.S., but that there was still a chance for the U.S. to play a role in the P5+1 as in the past, but that it would only be possible if the U.S. lifted “all of its sanctions.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Last week the United States imposed sanctions on Iran’s space program. Regarding the sanctions, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “The United States will not allow Iran to use its space launch program as cover to advance its ballistic missile programs.” Reported by i24 News. Read more…