Tabnak – US President Donald Trump’s claim that he’s ready to meet with his Iranian counterpart without preconditions, has sparked speculations on the possibility of such a meeting. Iranian officials however firmly reject any meeting being expected between the two presidents.
In this vein, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected media reports of a possible meeting between Iranian and American officials on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting.
Asked about the likelihood of such an encounter in New York, Zarif told Iran's Tasnim news agency on Saturday that there would be no meeting. "No. No meeting is expected to take place," he said.
Elsewhere in his Saturday comments, Zarif stressed that Iran had already declared its position on Trump's recent offer of talks.
"The Americans are not honest. In addition, they are grappling with an addiction, their addiction to sanction will not allow talks," he said, adding that Oman had transferred no message from the Americans to the Iranians.
On Friday, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, a member of the Iranian presidency’s political bureau, also told ISNA news agency that he doesn’t see “any reason” for talks between Trump and Rouhani at the 73rd UN General Assembly meeting next month. "What expectations could you have from a person who pulls out from international engagement and now says let's hold talks," he noted.
Speaking at a White House news conference on July 30, Trump said, “I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet.” Asked if he had any preconditions for such a meeting, the US president replied, “No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet.”
The offer came days after Trump effectively threatened Iran in a tweet addressed to President Hassan Rouhani and said, “You will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”
Back in May, Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite objections from the other signatories to the accord.
Earlier this week, the US president signed an executive order, re-imposing a first round of sanctions on Iran, which had been lifted under the JCPOA. The second phase of US sanctions will come into effect in November.
سایت تابناک از انتشار نظرات حاوی توهین و افترا و نوشته شده با حروف لاتین (فینگیلیش) معذور است.