Trump Says He Could Still Meet With Iranian President Rouhani

Iran says no meeting without US lifting sanctions

Speaking to reporters on Monday, President Trump said he still has “no problem” meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and believes it “could happen.” There has been speculation the two might bump into one another on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Iranian officials have said they don’t intend to have any talks with President Trump unless the US lifts sanctions. US officials say they remain committed to a campaign of “maximum pressure.”

Rouhani told Iran’s parliament last week that the government has made no commitment to any US talks unless sanctions are lifted, and that the US could still join multilateral talks by returning to the P5+1 nuclear deal.

Trump has repeatedly suggested talks are always possible, but Iran is already mad that the US dishonored the deal they already had, and since Trump just got done withdrawing from months of Taliban peace talks, they probably don’t feel eager to enter into negotiations with the US as a partner.

Author: Jason Ditz

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