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Donald Trump is attempting to pressure Iran into negotiating a
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  • President Donald Trump rebuked Iran at the United Nations
    General Assembly and spent the day in a back and forth with the
    country’s leader, Hassan Rouhani.
  • Trump referred to Rouhani as a “lovely man” in a tweet on
    Tuesday. 
  • He said, however, that there is no meeting on the horizon
    between the two countries.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would not be meeting
with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as world leaders gather in
New York for the United Nations General Assembly, or UNGA. But he
also complimented the Iranian president and expressed a desire to
meet “someday in the future.”

“Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani,” Trump
tweeted
. “Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an
absolutely lovely man!”

Rouhani responded to the president’s Tuesday tweet in an
interview with CNN, suggesting Trump wasn’t being “genuine.”

“Instead of talking he should show genuine honesty and
seriousness,” Rouhani said. Trump “has been looking to meet for
two years now, but such meeting should happen when it furthers
the interests of both people and both countries.”

Subsequently, as he arrived at the UN on Tuesday, Trump said that
Iran has to change its tune before I meet with
them.”

“It will happen. I believe they have no choice,” he
said.

About two months ago, Trump was tweeting all caps threats
to Rouhani

The president continued to go after Iran in remarks he
delivered to the UNGA, but his earlier tweet
marks a
decidedly different tone than even a few weeks ago, when Trump
issued
strong warnings to Iran
over its involvement in the conflict
in Syria. 

And a little over months ago, Rouhani and Trump were trading
threats from across the globe. 

After Rouhani
warned the US
that a war with Iran would be the “mother of
all wars,” Trump
tweeted
 a fiery response.

To Iranian President
Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL
SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY
HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”

Rouhani took what many perceived to be veiled shots at
Trump in his speech to the UNGA on Tuesday. The Iranian leader
said it’s “unfortunate” there are world leaders who gain popular
support by “fomenting extremist nationalism and racism.”

Tensions between the US and Iran remain high

Ever since Trump withdrew the US from the landmark Iran
nuclear deal, tensions between Washington and Tehran have reached
historic heights.

But both governments have also gone back and forth on
holding talks over a new deal, even as US allies have sought to
uphold the pact. Independent assessments have determined
that Iran
still remains in compliance with the deal

The deal, which was orchestrated by the Obama
administration, is designed to prevent Tehran from obtaining a
nuclear weapon by easing economic sanctions on Iran in exchange
for a significant reduction in nuclear activities. 

Trump has decried the deal for years, contending it didn’t
do enough to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions or its other
nefarious activities around the world. 

Economic sanctions Trump has leveled against Iran have
helped
cripple its economy
, placing Tehran in a precarious position.
The president has a strong advantage over Rouhani in this regard,
which he alluded to in statements on Tuesday, but it doesn’t
guarantee Iran will sit down at the negotiation
table. 

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