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As US Adds Preconditions, Iran Rejects Offer of Talks

• https://news.antiwar.com, Jason Ditz

President Trump surprised many on Monday when he announced his willingness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "without preconditions." Within less than a day, the administration had already started attaching substantial preconditions to the offer.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, early on Tuesday, began establishing preconditions, saying that Iran needed to commit to "fundamental changes to how they treat their own people, reduce their malign behavior, agree that it's worthwhile to enter into a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation."

These preconditions almost certainly make the offer impossible, as the US treats Iranian foreign policy as necessarily "malign behavior," and Iran is neither going to agree to deeper isolation, nor to the need for another nuclear deal while still trying to preserve the one the already signed, and which the US dishonored earlier this year.

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