Trump's policy is already putting significant pressure on the Iranian economy, although USA intelligence suggests that may rally Iranians against the United States and strengthen Iran's hardline rulers, officials say. "I'll meet with anybody", he said.
Also on Tuesday, the United States president said he has "a feeling" the Iranians will "be talking to us pretty soon". Unless Washington is ready to rethink its arms sales to its Arab allies - and Trump clearly wants to sell them more weapons - it should have no expectations that Iran will cut back its missile program.
In a speech delivered to Iranian Americans, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed solidarity with the Iranian people and condemned the leadership of the Islamic Republic as a bunch of hypocritical thieves. Rhetoric out of Iran has ratcheted up since Trump's decision in May to withdraw the United States from the nuclear accord and reinstate sanctions.
The official said that North Korea also would be represented at the Singapore meeting, and while chance encounters for Pompeo are possible, no bilateral meetings have been scheduled. It is getting ever clearer that these U.S. measures are no longer merely aimed at changing Iran's behavior but instead at regime change. "And Iranians have heard them -albeit more civilized ones-for 40 yrs".
"I hope it works out well with Iran".
Rouhani's chief of staff claimed earlier this month in Iran's state-owned newspaper that Rouhani had rejected eight requests from Trump for one-on-one talks previous year.
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Officials in Tehran, earlier in the day prior to the Trump-Conte joint news conference, explicitly ruled out any talks with Washington. He has vowed to ramp up sanctions until Iran radically changes its policies, including its support for the Syrian government and regional militant groups, something the country's leaders have long refused to do. He recently took to Twitter to warn the country's leader not to threaten the USA, promising severe consequences in future.
Trump would have to agree to return to the internationally-backed nuclear deal with Iran and also would have to suspend new sanctions against Tehran before any talks, Hamid Abutalebi, an aide to Iranian President Hassan Rohani, said on Twitter.
But Trump's remarks did represent a marked softening of tone from when he lashed out at Rouhani in a tweet a week ago.
Mr Trump tweeted in capitals that Iran would "suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before" if it threatened the US.
Monday's olive branch from Trump marks an abrupt shift in tone, and may be little more than theater with U.S. midterm elections looming on the horizon.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Foad Izadi, professor of world studies at the University of Tehran, pointed out to the different statements coming out from Washington and said "no one in Iran" could accept Pompeo's latest conditions.
Others in Iran were more receptive. "The president's war cabinet seems more inclined to bring the Iranian regime to its knees".
Per the New York Times, since Trump's departure from the pact, Iran's economy has taken a devastating hit, with its currency losing half its value.