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


Following the departure of former national security adviser John Bolton, a known war hawk, from the Trump administration, Iran President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States to "put warmongers aside".

An hour before speaking with Macron, Rouhani alluded to the departure of US national Security Adviser John Bolton from his post and said: "The Americans should understand that war-mongering and war-mongers do not serve their interests".

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday left open the possibility the United States could ease sanctions on Iran, adding he believes Iran wants to strike a deal with Washington on its nuclear programme.

"From the point of view of the Iranian government, parliament and people, negotiating with the United States under sanctions is pointless", Rouhani said in a readout of a phone call with President Macron on Wednesday, according to Iranian press.

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.

Legacy: While Bolton influenced a shift toward using financial and military pressure around the globe at the National Security Council, former administration officials said he was unable to build a policy process that aligned with Trump. "Let me just say, the national security team, which is what you asked, consists of the national security adviser, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, myself, the chief of staff and many others", he said.

Macron has spoken with Rouhani over the phone several times since July in an attempt to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.

"We would like to make a deal with Iran", he told reporters. "The blockade of Iran will break". Bolton had reportedly advocated against Trump meeting Iranian leaders.

Iran says it hopes to salvage the nuclear deal but can not do so indefinitely if it receives none of the promised economic benefits.

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In his remarks on Wednesday, Rouhani said Iran was ready to comply with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action only if the Americans did so too.

"What is important now is to stay the course, stand up to Iran's aggression and continue ratcheting up the pressure until Iran abandons its nuclear ambitions once and for all", Dermer said Tuesday evening at a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception at the embassy.

Last year, the United States pulled out of the nuclear deal, under which Iran agreed to curbs on its atomic program in return for access to world trade.

Earlier this month, France said it planned to offer Iran a $15bn line of credit if it starts fully complying with the nuclear accord again.

"The world won't fall for it".

Prince Abdullah underscored the importance of a comprehensive worldwide agreement on Iran's nuclear program, ensuring that it should prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons of any sort.

The French loan proposal may be a good way to start negotiations if Trump agrees to it, Toossi said, but it is "highly unlikely" that it would go through before the UNGA convenes late next week.

In a live television address, Netanyahu showed pictures of an alleged site near Abadeh, south of Isfahan, where he said Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons.