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Iran’s President refuses to meet Trump until all sanctions are lifted

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he has no interest in talking with Donald Trump as long as US sanctions on Tehran stay in place. Trump floated the idea of meeting Rouhani at the G7 summit.

During the G7 event in France on Monday, Trump said he would be ready to meet Rouhani “if the circumstances were right.” For such a meeting to happen, Tehran has to “be a good player” and complete a laundry list of demands, including abandoning its ballistic missiles program, the president stressed. He added that there is a “really good chance” that he would hold talks with Rouhani sometime in the future.

Rouhani, however, said that he is not interested in sitting down with Trump unless the US scraps all sanctions first.

The Iranian leader added that productive talks are “impossible” unless Washington “respects the rights of the Iranian people.”

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