In Summary
  • Two of Trump's top lieutenants on Tuesday indicated he was ready to meet the Iranian president.
  • The idea of a Trump-Rouhani meeting was floated last month by French President Emmanuel Macron.
  • The arch-foes have been at loggerheads since May last year when Trump unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal.

Tehran

Iran has rejected the possibility of a meeting between President Hassan Rouhani and US counterpart Donald Trump, after the White House signalled it was open to such an encounter.

Two of Trump's top lieutenants on Tuesday indicated he was ready to meet the Iranian president without preconditions, after the US leader sacked his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stressed the United States would maintain its campaign of "maximum pressure" against the Islamic republic.

DE-ESCALATE TENSIONS

The idea of a Trump-Rouhani meeting was floated last month by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been spearheading European efforts to de-escalate tensions between Iran and the United States.

The arch-foes have been at loggerheads since May last year when Trump unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal and began re-imposing crippling sanctions on Iran.

Iran's representative at the United Nations reiterated Rouhani's position in an interview published Wednesday by state news agency IRNA.

'ECONOMIC TERRORISM'

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