Trump said this week he would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani under the right circumstances to end the confrontation over the 2015 deal and that talks were underway to see how countries could open credit lines to keep Iran's economy afloat.
Tensions started to build up between the United States and Iran after President Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, and imposed sanctions against Tehran in a bid to restrict the country's trade transactions with the world.
A US official who spoke to the Washington Post also noted that the cyberattack was created to be damaging for Iran - but not to the extent that would further escalate tensions between the two sides.
Macron on Sunday paved the way for a potential breakthrough in the standoff between Washington and Tehran over the nuclear deal after Iran's foreign minister made a flying visit for talks with host France at the G7 summit.
There has been no public comment from the Trump administration on the details of the loan program discussed by the president.
President Trump and President Macron met over a long lunch on the first day of the Summit and, as they gathered with other leaders on Monday for further talks, they greeted each other warmly and smiled.
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"We're looking to make Iran rich again, let them be rich, let them do well if they want".
His U-turn can be seen as a result of pressure from hard-liners in the Iranian establishment who oppose taking a softer tone toward the West. Iran has increased its uranium enrichment activities after the US pullout from the nuclear deal. US officials have vowed to keep expanding the sanctions as part of a campaign of "maximum pressure" on Iran to accept USA demands.
He then indicated that he might meet with top Iranian officials soon.
The European Union's top diplomat says the Iran nuclear agreement must not be sacrificed as part of any USA moves to build a new and broader security deal with Tehran.
"We will expedite the legal process for the British tanker that is now in our custody after they basically committed sea crimes by taking our ship", he said, adding that Iran will not be lenient about ships in the Persian Gulf that violate laws. He's not really interested in easing the economic pain that Iran is feeling today. "If they want to negotiate, they have to abandon terrorism", Zarif said, in reference to rollback of sanctions. "He's looking for an alternative, but I'm not convinced this one will work".
"If I knew that going to a meeting and visiting a person would help my country's development and resolve the problems of the people, I would not miss it", he had said. A reporter had asked about a proposal from Emmanuel Macron to lift a US oil embargo as a starting point for nuclear talks. We want to export 700,000 bpd of oil and get paid in cash. and that is just for a start.