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Iran denies possible meeting between Rouhani and Trump

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iran’s mission to the United Nations has denied media reports of a possible meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Donald Trump during the UN General Assembly.

A spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, Ali Reza Meriosfi, on Friday, described the report published by Japan’s Kyodo agency, citing a source in the US government, “a false news.”

“We have not received this request and there is no possibility of a meeting between the two presidents at the meeting of the UN General Assembly,” Meriosfi said.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have been rising rapidly since May 8, 2018, when the US president announced his country’s withdrawal from the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and imposing painful sanctions on the Islamic Republic in various sectors, including oil, where Washington accuses Tehran of supporting terrorism and interfering in the affairs of other countries.

Trump has repeatedly expressed his readiness to meet with the Iranian leadership if it is ready, while Rouhani has refused to hold any negotiations until the United States cancels its sanctions against Iran.

At the conclusion of the G7 summit in France on August 26, Trump, commenting on a proposal from his French counterpart, to Emmanuel Macron, expressed his readiness to hold talks with the Iranian president, saying that such a meeting within weeks is possible.

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