US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had no plans to meet with his Iranian counterpart despite "requests" to do so, although he indicated a willingness to meet with President Hassan Rouhani sometime in the future.
With Iran's economy already feeling the pinch, United States national security adviser John Bolton earlier Monday vowed to impose "maximum pressure" on Tehran, while insisting that Washington was not pushing for regime change. "Maybe someday in the future".
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, the Leader's advisor on global affairs, said, "Trump's and Pompeo's dream will never come to reality and this is definitive". "I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man", Trump wrote in a post on his official Twitter account.
A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has rejected a U.S. offer for possible meeting and negotiations with high-ranking Iranian officials.
In an effort to convince Trump to let the deal stand, they sent a joint proposal to the other members of the European Union in March to slap sanctions on Iran.
Iran's economy is already suffering from the sanctions that Washington re-imposed after walking away from the nuclear agreement, and the US has threatened to punish companies from other nations that continue doing business with Iran. There will be an exchange of European goods without to Iranian oil, it won't involve money.
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Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi, reporting from the United Nations headquarters in NY, said the new entity will act as a "clearing house, a middle man, so to speak, between Europeans and Iranians as they try to do business".
"In practical terms", Mogherini said, "this will mean that EU member states will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and this will allow European companies to continue to trade with Iran in accordance with European Union law and could be open to other partners in the world".
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for the signing of a trade agreement with South Koreak in NY on September 24, 2018.
Pompeo told Fox News Sunday that "the leader of [Iran] is Ayatollah Khamenei".
As a private citizen, Bolton had advocated supporting Iran's armed opposition, a position reiterated recently by former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who serves as Trump's personal lawyer. As Mogherini put it, the more actions the JCPOA parties take to live up to their end of the bargain, the more reasons Iran has to remain in the deal.
"I think it reflects the kind of the attitude that the Europeans have had about the decision by President Trump", he told Al Jazeera in an interview from Sydney, Australia.