Within days of the departure of national security adviser John Bolton, President Trump’s voice over the Iran question is sounding different. He pointed out to reporters at the White House on Wednesday that there was a possibility of changing the current policy of ‘totalitarian pressure’ on Iran. However, Trump did not elaborate.
It is reported that Trump is keen to lend a large amount of debt to get out of Iran’s current financial crisis. French President Emmanuel Makhon has proposed a $15 billion loan to Iran on the condition of non-breaking of the nuclear deal signed in 2015. The proposal came to Trump’s attention. His administration has started talking to the French in this regard.
At a G-7 summit in France last month, Trump said Iran might need a loan or a “short-term” letter of credit. The French proposal is under consideration. But the US will not provide any financial assistance to Iran.
At that purpose, Trump said, “We won’t pay any cash, we’ll not pay any compensation. Iran has the oil, the oil that Iran needs to raise this money. Different countries will contribute to this “letter of credit.”
Iranian Prime Minister Javed Zarif attended the G-7 meeting without any further announcement. Most observers believe that Makhno did not send Zarif’s invitation to attend the meeting without Trump’s approval.
Bolton was the embodiment of the stringent policy the United States is pursuing in the Iranian question. The situation has changed since his departure. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also favors changing the policy. Trump himself was backing a policy of total pressure on Iran to keep Israel happy. But now that position is about to change. Meanwhile, despite continued pressure, Iran has not shown any signs of acceptance. On the contrary, Iran has announced a few steps forward in the construction of its nuclear weapons by breaching in the 2015 agreement.
How much Trump is genuinely interested in developing relations with Iran will be made clear in his address at the annual session of the UN General Assembly later this month. Trump previously said he was keen to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without any prerequisites. Rouhani will attend the session of the UN General Assembly. It is reported that Trump and Rouhani may face each other after his address to the United Nations.
Expressing his interest in signing a deal with Iran on Wednesday, Trump told reporters: “I believe Iran wants a deal. That would be a great thing. If they do not contract, that is good too. Let’s see what happens. ‘