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 TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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 ConwayGeorge and Kellyanne Conway honor Ginsburg Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death George Conway hits Trump on 9/11 anniversary: 'The greatest threat to the safety and security of Americans' MORE left open the possibility Trump would be open to a meeting.

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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 PompeoHouse panel halts contempt proceedings against Pompeo after documents turned over Outgoing ambassador to China slams Beijing over coronavirus: 'Could have been contained in Wuhan' Hillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal United Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid House Democrats plan to unveil bill next week to avert shutdown 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.