Iran: Rouhani-Trump Meeting at UN Is Off

Iran rejects any chance of Rouhani Trump meeting as UNGA looms

"Neither is such an event (Trump-Rouhani meeting in New York) on our agenda, nor will it happen".

Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday, Abbas Mousavi ruled out a meeting between Rouhani and Trump, as the Iranian president is going to travel to NY for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

Q: "So, Secretary Pompeo, for clarity on this, can you foresee a meeting between President Trump and the Iranian leader later this month surrounding the United Nations?".

However, Trump rebuffed Pompeo's statement on Monday, tweeting: "The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, 'No Conditions.' That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)".

That corrective followed an appearance by counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who kept the possibility alive even after Saturday's drone attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Iran says the attacks were launched from Yemen, but the USA and Saudi Arabia have blamed the attacks on Iran. The pre-dawn attacks at the Saudi Aramco plants knocked out more than half of crude output from the world's top exporter.

"Initial investigation indicates that the weapons used in the attack are Iranian".

Mousavi also said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is under U.S. sanction, will accompany President Hassan Rouhani on his upcoming visit to NY if the necessary grounds are provided.

"If we yield to their pressure and hold talks with Americans".

Trump has stepped up sanctions against Iran since a year ago when he withdrew from the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers.

"By accusing Iran without any evidence of being behind such an attack [on Saudi Aramco], analysts say the USA government is trying to force Iran's hands to the negotiating table", Jabbari said.

Trump explained Monday that sanctions won't be taken off Iran as a requirement for talks, and that's what he meant when he declared "no preconditions".

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Lawrence Korb, former U.S. assistant defence secretary, said the last thing Trump wanted is a conflict with Iran. "Really, what we need to do is end the civil war in Yemen".

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that global community should not draw "hasty conclusions" on who staged the attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Khamenei said Washington's "maximum pressure" policy against Tehran is worthless and that all officials of the Islamic Republic share his view. It also means, for example, that Iran's behavior - with its nuclear program or with hostile actions against other states in the region - do not need to be checked for Trump and Iran's leadership to come to the table.



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