Trump’s peaceful overture to Iran marks a significant shift in tone after months of trading barbs with Tehran in wake of his walking away from the landmark nuclear deal and the threat to re-impose full sanctions on the Islamic Republic from August 6.
Iran has brushed away aside President Trump’s claims that bilateral talks are imminent, saying that “threats, sanctions and PR stunts won’t work.”
Tehran has responded coolly to Trump’s offer, dismissing it as worthless and “a humiliation” after he acted to re-impose sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
“Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won’t work. Try respect: for Iranians & for (international) commitments,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.
He added that Iran had held two years of talks with the US and that had produced “a unique nuclear deal” with the EU, Russia and China.
“The US can only blame itself for pulling out & leaving the table,” Zarif added.
The Iranian military was equally opposed to Trump’s overture.
“The Iranian people do not authorize officials to meet the Great Satan… Mr. Trump, Iran is not North Korea,” the Commander of the Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, wrote in an open letter.
Some officials remained more receptive though.
“Negotiations with the United States must not be a taboo,” Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of parliament’s foreign affairs commission, told the semi-official news agency…