Is Iran Defiantly Looking Toward a Deal?

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President Donald Trump announced Monday that he would meet Iran’s leaders “anytime they want.” The President adding that he would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions, and after high-profile meetings with North Korean President Kim Jung Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, reiterating that he believes meeting with adversaries is the best path to resolving conflicts. With specific regard to Iran, however, the question remains whether such an offer in the current environment will tempt the Iranians, who believe that they have been repeatedly burned by U.S. bad faith. 

Whether talks between the U.S. and Iran happen or not, Cipher Brief Expert Steven Ward writes on the possible long-term implications of a U.S.-Iran ‘war of words’ and the faint hope of realistic negotiations.

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