Timothy Benton | Feb 10, 2019 | 0
Iran, Trump Has To Rejoin Nuclear Deal Or No Talks
The negotiations have started, both sides are putting down their positions, one side says the treaty Obama signed was unacceptable in its entirety, the other side says you rejoin or no talks. Is this is the end of it? Seriously doubtful, what Iran is doing is now posturing to try to enter in a position of strength.
Trump, in the same way he did with North Korea, came out on Monday, said he would be willing to meet with Iran’s leader anytime he wished.
Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted political adviser Hamid Aboutalebi as saying that for talks to happen, the U.S. needs to rejoin the deal.
“Those who believe in dialogue as a method of resolving disputes in civilized societies should be committed to the means,” he said.
Trump said throughout his campaign for president he would pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, said it was far too generous to Iran, he fulfilled this promise in May. He has since vowed to ramp up sanctions until Iran radically changes its regional policies, including support for militant or terrorist groups, something the countries leaders are refusing to do.
Even though Trump on Monday said if Rouhani were to meet with him there would be “no preconditions,” he also did not walk back from any of those earlier demands.
With the first U.S. sanctions due to come into effect next Monday, the economy in Iran has already been hit, giving rise to growing fears of prolonged economic suffering.
The Iranian currency has been in freefall, hitting a new low Monday, at 122,000 rials to the dollar on the thriving black market. It recovered slightly to 115,000 to the dollar on Tuesday, and concerns are growing as Iranians have seen their savings dwindle and purchasing power drop.
Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the head of an influential parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, suggested a U.S. return to the nuclear deal, which would bring an end to the economic uncertainty, would be needed before Tehran could think of negotiating.
“There can be no negotiations with the Americans raising the issue of talks from the position of power,” he was quoted as saying on the website of the Iranian parliament, calling Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal the “biggest blow to diplomacy.
Iran is trying to dig in its heels, but with their currency in a freefall, the economy starting to collapse they soon will have little choice, Trump will continue to apply the pressure until they do, until then we can expect more posturing as they try to put their best position forward.