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Trump Says 'We'll See What Happens' on Possible Easing of Iran Sanctions

Trump Says 'We'll See What Happens' on Possible Easing of Iran Sanctions

Four sources with knowledge of the United States president's conversations with French President Emmanuel Macron told the news outlet that Trump "has in recent weeks shown openness to entertaining" the proposal.

Tensions have been escalating between Iran and the United States since May previous year, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran and began reimposing sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. The president chose not to strike Iran.

"Iran's commitments to the nuclear deal are proportional to other parties and we will take further steps if necessary", President Rouhani said.

Brian Hook, the USA special representative for Iran, said last week more sanctions against Iran were coming and the United States was committed to its campaign of "maximum pressure".

While the agency itself has not called Iran's cooperation inadequate, the United States has said there are "questions about possible undeclared nuclear activities". "If they are thinking about enrichment, they can forget about it". Because it's going to be very unsafe for them to enrich. "Very, very risky, okay?"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, standing alongside Mnuchin in the White House briefing room, said "sure" when asked whether Trump could meet Rouhani later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY. "Bolton has always been an advocate of isolating the Iranian regime, and it's reasonable to assume that he was not a proponent of renewed talks with Tehran".

"Americans have to realize that warmongering and warmongers are not to their benefit", the Iranian president said in televised remarks. "Both... must be abandoned", Rouhani told his cabinet earlier Wednesday. "Our response is to resist and confront this", he said, referring to the USA sanctions.

"[U.S.] President [Donald] Trump and John Bolton share a strategic vision of leveraging American economic and military power, especially maximum sanctions pressure and targeted power projection to achieve global security objectives", Washington-based geopolitical strategist John Sitilides told JNS.

Zarif has in the past said that a so-called "B-team" including Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk, and conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could goad Trump into a conflict with Tehran.

The ouster of national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday removes a hawkish ideologue whose mastery of bureaucracy and disdain for the foreign policy establishment empowered President Trump to make some of his most dramatic policy shifts and undo President Barack Obama's most prized national security achievements. They are incredible people. "We will deny the regime all paths to a nuclear weapon".

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Pompeo, standing alongside Mnuchin in the White House, said "sure" when asked whether Trump could meet Rouhani later this month at the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

On North Korea, Trump came to view Bolton as a potential spoiler for a landmark nuclear deal with the isolated country and repeatedly excluded him from important meetings.

Trump's decision Tuesday was to fire Bolton.

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after their joint press conference at the G7 summit on August 26, 2019 in Biarritz, southwestern France.

Rouhani has had a series of phone conversations in recent weeks with Macron. Difference of opinion over Iran seems to have been the last straw for Trump.

"If agreements with Europe are finalized, we're ready to return to JCPOA commitments, and a meeting between Iran and the 5+1 is only possible when sanctions are lifted", he added.

The nuclear deal was struck in 2015 between Iran and six major powers - the UN Security Council's permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the USA, plus Germany.

On July 1, it said it had increased its stockpile of enriched uranium to beyond the 300-kilogram maximum set by the deal.

Despite the rollback, Rouhani said last week that Tehran and the European powers had been getting closer to an agreement on a way to resolve key issues. That effort wasn't an explicit condition of United States policy until Bolton took the helm of the National Security Council.


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