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Tehran - 31 July 2018
1. Maziar Aghazadeh, political analyst, browsing newspaper headlines
2. Close of newspaper
3. Various of Aghazadeh reading
4. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Maziar Aghazadeh, political analyst:
"Iranian officials are trying to find out (about US president Donald) Trump's real motive, and to learn whether he is really seeking a deal or his administration has rented out its foreign policy to a few countries to create chaos, instability and economic collapse in Iran. I believe you can't pursue both at the same time."
5. Cutaway of Aghazadeh's hand
6. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Maziar Aghazadeh, political analyst:
"(Trump) should prove to Iran that although he is critical of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as Iran nuclear deal) and wants an additional deal on Iran's regional policies and its nuclear and missile programs, he has good will and the issue at stake is just Iran's behaviour. I believe that if Iranian leaders realise that the main intention of the Trump administration is a change in Iran's behaviour, they will show a positive reaction."
7. Tilt up from newspaper to Aghazadeh speaking
8. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Maziar Aghazadeh, political analyst:
"(To show its good will) America should temporarily suspend unilateral sanctions that are scheduled to begin partly in August and partly in three months' time, and then enter talks with Iran. In return, Iran will not demand the US to re-enter the nuclear deal."
A Tehran-based political analyst on Tuesday said that there was still a level of uncertainty within Iran regarding the "real motive" behind the US president's comments saying that he is willing to negotiate with his Iranian counterpart.
Maziar Aghazadeh went on to suggest that a temporary suspension of imminent unilateral sanctions from the US side, and a departure from insisting that the US re-enters the nuclear deal on the Iranian side, could help facilitate talks.
US President Donald Trump on Monday said he'd meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "anytime" if the Iranian leader were willing.
Iranian officials reacted skeptically on Tuesday to Trump's comments, saying instead that if he wants talks, he needs to rejoin the international nuclear deal he unilaterally pulled out of earlier this year.
In his first public remarks after the comment, Rouhani did not mention Trump at all but instead stressed the need for the other nations involved in the nuclear deal to forge ahead with their pledges of trying to salvage it.
In addition to Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia and the European Union are negotiating with Iran on preserving the deal.
The Iranian leadership has previously ruled out one-on-one talks with Trump, following his decision to pull the United States out of the deal under which Iran was given relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
The US administration is set to begin reimposing sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 deal next month and has been ratcheting up a pressure campaign on the Islamic republic that many suspect is aimed at regime change.