WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions.
“No preconditions. They want to meet, I’ll meet. Any time they want,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. “It’s good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world.”
In May, Trump declined to reauthorize the Iran deal, an Obama-era agreement that traded eased sanctions for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.
In response, Iran said it would increase its levels of uranium enrichment — a move that Trump warned would be met with harsh resistance from the U.S.
Monday’s offer comes just over a week after Trump issued a fiery tweet warning Rouhani that his country will “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” if he threatens the U.S.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on June 12 and Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 — both heads of states from two nations that, like Iran, are not allied with the U.S.