16:31 GMT04 July 2020
Listen Live
    Get short URL

    US President Trump on Tuesday said he would prefer not to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week amid the recent escalation of tensions in the Middle East region.

    Trump had previously left the door open to speaking with Rouhani at the gathering of world leaders in New York City next week, but his comments while on his way to fundraisers in California appeared to remove that possibility.

    “I never rule anything out, but I prefer not meeting him,” Trump said aboard Air Force One.

    Earlier on Monday, Iran also dismissed the possibility of a meeting at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly blamed Tehran for the attack in Saudi Arabia. Trump also said in the Oval Office that the US is still assessing the fallout from an attack on two oil sites in Saudi Arabia. The US president said Iran was likely behind the weekend attacks but decided not to make any accusations until US officials completed an analysis of the evidence.

    Trump also said Monday that diplomacy hadn’t been exhausted on Iran, telling reporters, “I know they want to make a deal,” shifting from his weekend comments when he said the US was “locked and loaded” after the attacks but awaiting final confirmation from Saudi Arabia.


    US Military Leaders Provided Trump With Plan to Attack Iran Oil Facilities - Reports
    Pelosi Says Trump ‘Had to Do Something’ to Challenge China But Dismisses His Moves
    Trump Says US Was ‘Low on Ammunition’ Before He Became President
    Photo: US High School Places Cheerleaders on Probation Over Trump 2020 Flag
    meeting, USA, Iran, Hassan Rouhani, Donald Trump
    Community standardsDiscussion