Iran: Rouhani-Trump Meeting at UN Is Off

Cheryl Sanders
September 18, 2019

'I do not confirm such reports. Neither is such a plan on our agenda nor will such a thing happen, ' Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said Monday.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he believes Iran is not yet ready for talks with the US but will be.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday the previous day's attacks "did not help" prospects for a meeting between the two leaders during the United Nations General Assembly this month, but she left open the possibility a meeting could take place.

Mousavi also rejected as "nonsense" remarks by Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham that it was time for the United States "to put on the table an attack on Iranian oil refineries" after the attacks on Saudi oil installations on Saturday that were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthis. "They should know that this policy has no value for us", said Khamenei, who has the last say on all state matters.

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

"Stopping all sanctions is an indispensable precondition for constructive diplomacy".

President Donald Trump offered a reserved rebuttal to Sen.

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.

The US has gradually increased the strength and number of the sanctions on Iran since its withdrawal from the nuclear deal as part of a campaign of "maximum pressure".

In fact, Trump said as much during a June 23 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" after host Chuck Todd asked if he had a message to deliver to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, about his country's potential development of a nuclear weapon.

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