UPDATED 6:57 AM PT — Mon. Sept. 24, 2018
As tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to escalate, the White House is not ruling out the possibility of a face-to-face meeting between President Trump and his Iranian counterpart.
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the president is willing to speak with President Hassan Rouhani.
The news comes as Rouhani and other world leaders are gathering in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, where President Trump is expected to ask international officials to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear weapons program.
The White House is holding to its strict stance on weapons of mass destruction.
“We’ve sanctioned Russia for the chemical, biological weapons used in Skripal,” stated Pompeo. “The president is deadly serious to make sure that chemical weapons don’t become the norm in the way nations act around the world.”
The secretary of state’s statements come just days after anti-government groups opened fire at a military parade in Iran.
Rouhani has since accused the U.S. of working with those groups, and providing financial and military support.
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