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Trump either mocks or praises Iran president Rouhani, piling pressure

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Candidate
Donald Trump speaks at the ‘Stop the Iran Deal’ rally in
Washington D.C. in September 2015.

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  • President Donald Trump appeared to either praise or mock
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter on Tuesday.
  • Trump has applied massive pressure to Iran that’s had serious
    consequences on the country’s economy while simultaneously
    applying military pressure.
  • Rouhani’s government has previously called Trump’s attempts
    at dialogue a “humiliation,” but Trump
    keeps trying, mockingly or not. 

President Donald Trump delivered what has become one of his
signature foreign policy gestures before speaking at the UN
General Assembly on Tuesday, offering to meet Iran’s President
Hassan Rouhani while applying military and economic pressure to
Tehran. 

“Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an
absolutely lovely man!” Trump
tweeted.

While Rouhani may be a lovely man, Trump has turned Iran into a
international pariah in the business world and his administration
swore to oppose them at every turn with US
military forces in Syria. 

But all the while, Trump has maintained that he’s
interested in talking to Iran’s leaders
and trying to strike
a new deal. 

Rouhani’s government has previously called Trump’s attempts at
dialogue a “humiliation,” as Trump
withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal that promised Tehran lifting
of US sanctions and renewed access to global finance. 

As the renewed Trump administration sanctions approach, which are
due to take effect on November 4 , Iran’s rial currency
plummeted. Many key businesses and countries have announced that
they will scale back or stop doing business with the
country. 

At the UN, EU members and Russia announced a plan to help shield
Iran from the effects of US sanctions, which essentially seeks to
organize a bartering system to
avoid exchanging money, which would attract penalties from the
US.

Experts contacted by Business Insider said that Iran will
undoubtedly lose money in the deal as the threat of US sanctions
scare off big businesses, but that Iran will likely stay in the
deal to avoid losing all benefit. 

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