Middle East/North Africa

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

Getty Images

Iran on Monday ruled out the possibility that its president, Hassan Rouhani, would meet with President Trump 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 Conway left open the possibility Trump would be open to a meeting.

{mosads}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 Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin 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.

Tags Donald Trump Donald Trump Iran Kellyanne Conway Mike Pompeo President Trump Saudi Arabia Steven Mnuchin United States

Copyright 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

See all Hill.TV See all Video

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video