Iran sees China as ‘pivotal’ to salvaging its nuclear deal

The Grand Bazaar in Tehran Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for instance, said that the president's willingness to meet with the Iranians actually does depend upon a series of conditions.

Trump at one point unleashed a Twitter tirade in which he blasted, using all caps, Rouhani's "DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE". "No preconditions. If they want to meet, I'll meet", Trump said.

But before that, the last time a sitting US president actually met with an Iranian leader was before the revolution when Jimmy Carter met with the Shah of Iran. United Nations inspectors said Iran was complying with the deal, but Trump argued that it didn't do enough to curb Iran's malign activity in the region.

But Trump and hawks in his administration, such as Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton, were determined to put Iran back on a blacklist that will harm its economy.

Since 2012, the IRGC has spent more than $16 billion of Iran's wealth to prop up the Assad regime and support militants and terrorists in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Rouhani and his foreign policy team will be in NY in September for the UN General Assembly; both he and Trump will deliver speeches on the same day, Sept. 25.

Though the USA sanctions post-deal will be unilateral and not as strong as the pre-deal UN-imposed sanctions, fear angering the U.S., the world's largest economy, will likely scare off Europeans who are otherwise committed to the deal.

"It's good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world".

"Iran, and it's [sic] economy, is going very bad, and fast!"

Over the weekend, Trump once again floated the idea of meeting, tweeting "I will meet, or not meet, it doesn't matter - it is up to them!" The government pledged last week to provide basic commodities to the poor, but many emphasized feelings of panic among Iranians as a result of rising US-Iranian tensions.

Or the regime could start to address what America calls its "malign influence" in the region, including its support to Syrian President Bashar Assad and threats to shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for worldwide oil supplies.

People in Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Karaj, Ahvaz, and Rasht joined the protests that started on Tuesday mainly in Karaj and Isfahan over high inflation and unemployment. The videos could not be authenticated. Some protesters have shouted "Mullahs get lost!" and "Death to the dictator!" the semi-official Fars news agency has reported.

The report said a protest was taking place in Karaj, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Tehran, when someone fired from a vehicle.

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