President Donald Trump's inconsistent message on Iran made it difficult for Tehran to deal with an increasingly "confused" White House, warned a senior Iranian official.
Speaking to CNN Monday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Director of Foreign Affairs of the Iranian Parliament – said any dialogue between Tehran and Washington would depend on Trump establishing a sensible message and a respectful tone.
The tensions between the United States and Iran increased significantly in recent weeks, creating fears that a conflict could break out between the two nations. Although both parties declared their desire for peace, lack of dialogue between Washington and Tehran meant that a military or diplomatic misunderstanding could result in escalation and war.
Trump moves from threats to an "official end" to Iran through military action and urged its leaders to come to the table to renegotiate the overall joint nuclear action plan of 201
According to several reports, Trump privately pushed a diplomatic and economic solution to the standoff, and unlike some of his senior advisers, he wanted to avoid war.
But on Monday Trump denied unspecified media reports suggesting he had tried to re-open communication with Iran. "Fake news made a typical false statement without knowing that the US was trying to negotiate with Iran," he said. "This is a false report. Iran will call us if and when ever ready. Meanwhile, their economy is continuing to collapse – very sad for the Iranian people!"
Amir-Abdollahian warned that they conflicting messages coming out of Washington undermined the chances of de-escalation. "Trump believes in his eyes that he has a gun for Iran's head with sanctions and he tries to close our economy," Amir-Abdollahian told CNN. "This is all in his imagination. Now he wants us to call him? This is a crazy president!"
National Security Adviser John Bolton is one of the hawkian helpers supposed to push for harder line against Iran. It was Bolton who announced the proliferation of additional military resources to the region earlier this month, including an airline strike group and B-52 nuclear bombers.
"Within the White House there are many conflicting opinions" Amir-Abdollahian said Bolton was named among the "warmongers" who advised the president. "Trump is also not completely balanced and stable in his decision making, so we are dealing with a confused white house. Iran receives various signals that show no one knows who owns the White House."
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