President Trump's willingness to meet with Iranian leaders, says a leading White House adviser, does not imply easing the campaign with maximum pressure.
"He will meet with anyone to speak," White National Security Advisor John Bolton told Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, a US-backed affiliate. "But talking to them does not mean that President Trump will change your position."
Trump unsettled the Iran hawks in Washington and around the world by publicly saying that he could support offering the regime a "credit line" to shore up the regime's volatile economy, even though the administration has one He expressed this idea on Sunday by expressing a desire to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, but Tehran declined the invitation.
"We try to solve problems in a rational way, but we are not after photos, "said Rouhani on Monday," for someone who wants to take a picture with Hassan Rouhani, this is not possible. "
The Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , the supreme leader of the clerics who dominated the regime, has for months rejected formal negotiations with Trump, while Iran staged attacks on the oil tankers in the Pe Gulf in order to leverage at a future meeting. However, it is unlikely that a productive meeting will take place before the presidential elections of 2020.
"They will stick to their stance of not negotiating with Trump until they're sure they have to," said James Phillips, a Heritage Foundation Middle East expert, the Washington Examiner]
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"I believe and hope that President Trump will not meet high-ranking ayatollah regime officials before announcing that they will abandon their nuclear program and ballistic missiles and stop terrorism against Israel," said the Israeli leader Opposition legislator Yair Lapid figure in the blue-white party, tweeted Tuesday.
This is an explicit public statement of fear privately shared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reportedly concerned that a Trump Rouhani summit could enable Tehran to participate in the provocations that have plagued North Korea in the months since held the meeting The last meeting of dictator Kim Jong Un with the president.
"We are not interested in talks between the US and Iran, but our ability to influence or confront Trump is quite limited," an Israeli cabinet minister told the local media.
Trump has a fond affinity for historic summits, but his public olive branches in Iran after a weekend of meetings with European allies, who were hostile to his retreat from the nuclear deal, were still an unusual development.
"You may need some money to keep it to a minimum A difficult situation," Trump said of Iran during a joint Sunday press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. And if they certainly need money and are protected by oil, it means great security. And they have a lot, so we're really talking about a loan facility. "
Phillips proposed, as this stance was inherently tense and the idea of applying economic sanctions to curb Iranian aggression in the Middle East and to begin negotiations on new restrictions on the regime's nuclear deal, made these comments under pressure from Macron.
"If Iran gets a lifeline without making major concessions, it could undermine the government's strategy," said the Heritage Foundation analyst. "It would be a grave mistake to withdraw from maximum pressure."
Bolton agreed, "The idea that Iran would only make a tangible economic benefit if it ceases to do things it should not have done is justified as a non-starter," he said Tuesday "If there is a comprehensive agreement, the sanctions will of course be lifted at this point."