Iran: Rouhani, Trump won't meet at United Nations

Iran: Rouhani, Trump won't meet at United Nations
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Iran on Monday ruled out the possibility that its president, Hassan Rouhani, would meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE when the two leaders attend the United Nations General Assembly next week.

“Neither is such an event on our agenda, nor will it happen. Such a meeting will not take place,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on state-run media, according to Reuters.

The announcement comes just a day after White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth Conway'Emotion' from Trump's legal team wins presidential plaudits George Conway says Senate GOP knows Trump is 'guilty': 'What are they afraid of?' Kellyanne Conway: Martin Luther King would oppose impeaching Trump MORE left open the possibility Trump would be open to a meeting.


Mousavi’s remarks follow attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, for which Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility. The United States, however, has accused Iran of being behind the attacks, a claim Tehran previously condemned as “unacceptable,” Reuters noted.

Iran has rejected attempts to hold a meeting with the U.S. as it is saddled with crippling sanctions, which Trump reimposed last year when he pulled out of the Obama-era nuclear deal.

An Iranian government spokesman, Ali Rabiei, also said on Monday that “stopping all sanctions is an indispensable precondition for constructive diplomacy. We hold meetings when we are sure that our people’s problems can be solved.”

“Sanctions must be lifted, and the United States must respect the Iranian nation,” Rabiei added, according to Reuters.

Trump on Sunday night refuted reports that he is willing to meet with Iran with "no conditions," contradicting what both Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Overnight Defense: Trump downplays troops' concussion injuries in Iran attack | Dems offer case against Trump on day two of trial | UN links Saudis to hack of Bezos' phone Pompeo willing to testify in impeachment trial if 'legally required' MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us Key House committee chairman to meet with Mnuchin on infrastructure next week The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions MORE have said in recent days.

Trump also tweeted Sunday that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” while it awaits verification from Saudi Arabia regarding the origin of the attacks on the Saudi oil facilities.