Iran's unserious response to Trump's offer to talk

Ed Morrissey:
Call this a precondition. The mullahs in Tehran didn’t take Donald Trump up on his sudden and surprising offer to meet them “anytime” with “no preconditions,” and used the opportunity to scold him over the withdrawal from the Iran deal. If Trump wants to start cutting deals, Iranian officials told their media, he can start with sticking to the one arranged with American allies:

Iranian officials reacted skeptically on Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that he’s willing to negotiate with his Iranian counterpart, saying instead that if Trump wants talks, he needs to rejoin the international nuclear deal he unilaterally pulled out of earlier this year. …

Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted political adviser Hamid Aboutalebi as saying that for talks to happen, the U.S. needs to rejoin the deal.

“Those who believe in dialogue as a method of resolving disputes in civilized societies should be committed to the means,” he said.

Reuters picked up more of the same from people within the government....
There is more.

This is a proposal that will easy for Trump to ignore.  I suspect he made the offer to prove to the Europeans who are big on talking to adversaries that it was a hopeless cause and the Iranians blundered into proving Trump's point.  They are finding that Trump is not as easy to fool as Obama and Kerry.


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