Iranian president tells North Korea that US is ‘untrustworthy’

Iranian president tells North Korea that US is ‘untrustworthy’
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned a North Korean diplomat that the U.S. is "untrustworthy" and "does not meet any of its obligations," according to a Reuters report
Rouhani made the comments to North Korea’s top diplomat Ri Yong Ho when he was visiting Iran, Reuters reported. The remarks comes as the Trump administration pursues a deal with North Korea toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
Ri's visit also comes as the Trump administration reintroduced sanctions on Iran this week that had previously been lifted under the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
“In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in [the] international community,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by an Iranian state news agency, Reuters reported.
“The U.S. administration performance in these years has led the country to be considered untrustworthy and unreliable around the world which does not meet any of its obligations,” he added.
The United States this week set sanctions on Iran that target transactions with U.S. dollar banknotes; certain transactions related to the Iranian currency, the rial; and Iran’s automotive sector, among other areas.
Despite the long-anticipated move, Trump recently said he'd be willing to meet with Iranian leaders without precondition. That offer came just days after he warned Iran of extreme consequences if it threatened the U.S.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues to pursue a nuclear deal with North Korea. President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE has claimed the country is no longer a nuclear threat after his meeting with the country's leader Kim Jong Un, even as multiple reports have indicated the country is continuing to develop weapons.
National security adviser John Bolton acknowledged on Wednesday that North Korea has not made progress toward ending its nuclear programs.