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    Tehran Refutes Reports About Requesting Meeting With Trump

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday denied reports that Tehran requested a meeting between President Hassan Rouhani and US President Donald Trump under the framework of the UN General Assembly.

    "I reiterate that the Iranian side has never requested a meeting with Mr. Trump," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

    Earlier in the day, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley said in a briefing that US President Donald Trump, who will chair a UN Security Council meeting next week on Iran and other nations with weapons of mass destruction (WMD), would consider accepting an Iranian invitation for a bilateral meeting with President Hassan Rouhani

    "Certainly, if Rouhani requested a meeting, that would be for the president to decide whether he wants to do that," Haley told reporters.

    Haley explained that the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, which was originally intended to focus on Iran's involvement in a number of global hot spots, has since been broadened to focus on multiple WMD nations such as Iran, North Korea and Syria.

    Trump will host the UN Security Council on Wednesday, during a week of meetings marking 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The session begins on Tuesday and runs for nine days.

    READ MORE: Iran Foreign Minister Zarif to Trump Administration: 'Make Up Your Mind'

    Previously, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that there was no point in a meeting between Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump after the latter’s decision to leave the nuclear deal with Iran, noting that it would depend on Trump whether Tehran would be ready to sign the new deal with the United States.


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