TRUMP: I WOULD PREFER NOT TO MEET WITH IRANIAN PRESIDENT ROUHANI




Selin ATAY-TDO-US President Donald 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.

"I don't think about meeting with him, I don't think they are ready yet, but they will be," Trump said during meetings of the United Nations General Assembly to be held at the end of the month. I never rule anything out, but I prefer not to meet with him," Trump said.

Donald Trump had previously left the door open to speaking with Rouhani at the gathering of world leaders in New York City next week. President Trump also said Monday that diplomacy hadn’t been exhausted on Iran, telling reporters, “I know they want to make a deal,” but his comments appeared to remove that possibility.

Earlier on Monday, US 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. Unlike Mike Pompeo’s sharp allegation, 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.