Trump backed off on Iran last time - but will he again?

Cheryl Sanders
September 18, 2019

Iran's foreign ministry stated flat-out Monday that President Hassan Rouhani will not meet with President Donald Trump at the United Nations next week, after to US officials said the Islamic Republic was responsible for the attack on USA ally Saudi Arabia.

Friction between the United States and Iran have escalated since May a year ago, when Washington unilaterally pulled out of the deal and slapped Tehran with sanctions once again. "I think they have a tremendous future, but not the way they're behaving", he said.

While "pretty much" sure Iran is to blame, "we want to find (out) definitively", he said, boasting about USA military capabilities, while adding "we'd certainly like to avoid war".

Satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, September 14, 2019.

POMPEO: "The president has made very clear he is prepared to meet with no preconditions".

And Trump told reporters in July 2018 that it would be good for both countries if the leaders talked: "No preconditions". We want to find definitively who did this.

"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. We're dealing with the Crown Prince and so many other of your neighbours, and we're all talking about it together.

That moment of restraint - which some critics said had more to do with chaotic decision making than the president's sense of humanity - fit in with Trump's promise to keep the United States out of unnecessary wars.

With support from the US, Saudi Arabia has been leading since March 2015 a military coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in support of Yemen's internationally recognised government. I don't want war with anybody. We have the strongest military in the world. "Nobody has even come close", he said.

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