Trump wants summit with Iran

Tehran has not responded so far to Trump's surprise offer for talks between the US and Iran. However, the US president has said he is confident that the Iranian head of state Hassan Rouhani would soon accept the offer. European commentators say a compromise on the Iran deal would be a sensible outcome but that Trump's tactics could get in the way of a solution.

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Der Tagesspiegel (DE) /

A compromise is possible

Der Tagesspiegel presents a compromise that could be acceptable and good for all sides:

“Trump doesn't go back on his withdrawal from the deal but he suspends the sanctions for the time being. For Europe and Germany this scenario would have three advantages. The US's secondary sanctions against states that do trade with Iran would also be suspended. The country's economic reintegration into global trade, which was one of the main motivations for Iran to end its nuclear programme, could continue. Secondly, the rift between Europe and the US would grow smaller. Both want further negotiations aimed at persuading Iran to stop developing missiles and supporting terrorist groups. ... Thirdly the prospects of the deal being improved aren't that bad. Economically, Iran is under huge pressure right now.”

Večer (SI) /

Reality shows don't achieve anything

Večer, on the other hand, doesn't believe that Trump is capable of negotiating a sensible deal with Iran:

“Tehran rejected the invitation without hesitation, saying that it didn't consider Trump to be a reliable negotiating partner. In this respect the Iranian interior minister is partially correct. After all, Trump's moves so far have looked more like attention-grabbing reality shows than serious diplomacy with concrete agreements and actions. The US could resolve the simmering crisis on the Arabian Peninsula in just one step. If it rejoined the nuclear deal and refrained from imposing sanctions, the whole affair would be over. But it's clear that Trump won't do that.”

L'Echo (BE) /

Trump's tactics reaching their limits

Trump's approach may win him votes in the short term but ultimately it will also harm the US, L'Echo believes:

“The versatile and unpredictable American president is breathing hot and cold, hoping to bend his dialogue partner to his will. In doing so, he is first and foremost addressing his voters, for whom he is acting out another endless duel. ... This Reagan-style scenario harks back to the Cold War and goes down well with his redneck core voters. ... The result? Iran is not North Korea. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is not Kim Jong-un. Instead of begging for a meeting, Tehran prefers to trade with Europe, which is continuing to honour the nuclear deal signed in 2015 by all the major powers. The US, in contrast, is isolating itself and every day losing a little more of its status as the leading world power.”