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>> I believe in meeting.>> Senior officials in Iran on Tuesday, rejected President Trump's offer to meet without pre-conditions. Saying his words fly in the face of tougher stance the US taken with Tehran. Since Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.>> I'm ready to meet any time they want to.
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>> Trump's new position did appear to contradict US policy, says Reuters correspondent Phil Stewart.>> Truthfully, the United States policy with Iran is not about engagement right now. I think the President's offer for dialogue is going to be confusing to the Iranian public. And it's gonna be slightly offensive for a lot of the Iranian leaders, you're seeing some of that reaction already.
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Cuz what they're seeing, what they're feeling, is a policy of rapidly increasing US pressure onto Iran, both economically and diplomatically, to try and change Iran's actions and behavior. Both in the middle east more broadly, but also in regards to its nuclear program.>> The US is poised to reimpose harsh sanctions and is pushing other countries to get tougher on Iran.
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But some experts fear the path the US is on now could make it extremely difficult to deescalate rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.>> Critics would say that the administration's policies don't really have a clear end goal in sight. That there is not necessarily a strategy that there is a clear offer that would allow the United States to get around the changes behavior and then pursue a more coherent and amicable relationship with Iran.
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It seems to be only a campaign in the increasing pressure toward undefined and state which could be potentially destabilizing their country.>> That's raised concerns of an increasing risk of confrontation. Last week Trump's explosive, all caps tweet, threatening Iran came after that countries President Hassan Rouhani warned that hostile US policies could lead to, quote, the mother of all wars.
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