Iran wary of Trump’s offer of talks

There was some hope and a lot of scepticism in Iran on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump offered talks, with the country’s leaders refraining from a quick response.

An adviser to President Hassan Rouhani said any talks had to start with Washington returning to the 2015 nuclear deal it abandoned in May.

“Respect for the great nation of Iran, reduction in hostilities, U.S. returning to the nuclear deal… That will open the rocky path of the moment,” wrote Hamid Aboutalebi on Twitter.

Mr. Trump said on Monday that he was willing to meet “any time” with Iran’s leaders without preconditions.

But with the U.S. about to reimpose full sanctions, starting on August 6, many in Iran are uninterested in his latest volte-face.

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