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Trump opens the door to a possible withdrawal of sanctions against Iran: “We’ll see what happens”

September 11, 2019

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has left the door open to a possible withdrawal of sanctions against Iran, after suggesting that he could meet with his Iranian counterpart, Hasan Rohaní, at the next UN General Assembly, in an apparent relaxation .

“Well, we'll see what happens,” Trump replied to reporters asked Wednesday at the White House about an eventual easing of punitive measures the United States has issued against Iran.

In addition, he has again referred to a hypothetical face-to-face with Rohani during the annual United Nations conclave, clarifying that the United States does not seek “a regime change” in the Islamic Republic.

Trump has considered that “Iran is a totally different country than it was two and a half years ago,” when he arrived at the White House. “I think Iran has tremendous potential. They are amazing people.”

Rohani, for his part, insisted on Wednesday, in a telephone conversation he has had with French President Emmanuel Macron, that the dialogue will not be possible until the United States withdraws sanctions against Iran.

“From the point of view of the Government, the Parliament and the people of Iran, with the sanctions in force the negotiations with the United States make no sense,” Rohani told Macron, according to the official IRIB media, quoted by Reuters.

Along the same lines, the Iranian ambassador to the UN, Majid Takhteravanchi, has clarified hours before the resignation of National Security Adviser John Bolton, one of the 'brains' of Washington's policy on Tehran, “will not push Iran to reconsider talking to the United States. ”

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, also expressed on Wednesday his wish that Bolton's departure does not imply a change in US policy towards Iran, although for different reasons. “I have no doubt that, with dialogue or without dialogue, President Trump and his Administration will be very, very hard on Iran,” he said in an interview on Israeli television.

BILATERAL VOLTAGE

Tension between Washington and Tehran has been increasing since Trump withdrew the United States in 2018 from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015 by major world powers and Iran so that the country would limit the military development of its atomic industry in exchange for the progressive withdrawal of international sanctions.

The reactivation of the US sanctions has led Iran to begin also breaching its commitments under the nuclear agreement. The other signatories – United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China – have expressed their desire to keep the international treaty alive, but the Islamic Republic believes its efforts are insufficient.