Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:43 WIB | GLOBAL |Global
As the United States took action Wednesday to disrupt an Iranian oil shipping network it accuses of funding terrorism, President Donald Trump expressed optimism about engaging in diplomacy with Tehran.
œThey want to talk. They want to make a deal, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, when asked about the new sanctions announced by the Treasury Department and whether he is willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during this month™s United Nations General Assembly session.
The president reiterated that the United States is "not looking for regime change."
"They have tremendous potential and I think they™re going to want to take advantage of that, Trump said Wednesday.
Iran announced late Wednesday a further scaling back of its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
This involves œthe development of centrifuges. We will take this step on Friday," Rouhani said in a televised speech.
Trump, last year, withdrew the United States from the pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Word of Iran™s further backing away from the JCPOA by comes just after the U.S. Treasury Department™s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions on 10 individuals, 16 entities and 11 vessels alleged to be directed by and financially supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah.
Source : VOA