This is a good time for President Trump to be meeting Iran’s leader, Hassan Rouhani, argues Tom Rogan of the Washington Examiner. The country’s economy is suffering, making it more reliant on good relations with the US. Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear deal in order to get a superior agreement signed. Now is the perfect time for that to happen. Aside from that, dialogue between the two nations is important and highly preferable to tensions. Trump meeting Rouhani also gives him legitimacy as Iran’s leader, which is good as he is more moderate than the country’s religious hardliners. These talks have much potential.
President Trump has given the leader of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, few reasons to engage in dialogue, not to mention make concessions, suggests Ali Vaez of The Atlantic. Trump has repeatedly criticized the country, even threatening it with war. Canceling the Iran deal was a particular blow to relations, one that Rouhani won’t easily forgive. He knows that Trump pulled out to increase his bargaining position and likely won’t want to reward that behavior. The US president’s strategy of carrot and stick is unlikely to work with Iran. Unless there is a significant shift in Trump’s policy towards the country, talks are destined to fail.