Iranian officials have spoken out against US President Donald Trump’s offer to meet Iran’s leader. Mr Trump said he could meet President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions” at “any time”, after the two traded hostile threats earlier this month.
Iranian state media quoted politicians as saying such talks would have “no value” and be “a humiliation”. In May, the US abandoned a deal which curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions.
On Monday, Mr Trump said he was happy to meet the Iranian side. Such a meeting would be the first between US and Iranian leaders since before the 1979 Iranian revolution.
However, Hamid Aboutalebi, an adviser to President Rouhani, tweeted in response to Mr Trump that only returning to the nuclear deal and respecting the Iranian nation’s rights would pave the way for talks.