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Iran: Rouhani-Trump meeting will not happen

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) makes a speech on the US sanctions in Tehran, Iran on 12 June 2019 [Iranian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will not be meeting US President Donald Trump, state media said today.

Trump had hinted he would meet Iranian officials on the sidelines of the United Nations summit, but backtracked on the comments, claiming the reports were “fake news”.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said: “Neither is such a plan on our agenda nor will such a thing happen.”

Mousavi went on to accuse the US of “economic terrorism” and demanded it return to the terms of the carefully negotiated 2015 nuclear deal.

This comes after a major attack on two facilities belonging to Saudi oil giant Aramco.

Oil prices have rocketed since the attack, leaping up 20 per cent to over $71 per barrel at one point during the day.

The US has hinted it would be ready to attack Iran, with President Trump saying America is “locked and loaded” depending on verification for Saudi Arabia as to who the culprit was.

Saudi’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has also claimed Saudi is “willing and able” to respond to the attacks.

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Although Yemen’s Houthi militia claimed responsibility for the attack, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed there is no evidence of this, and said the attacks came from the north-west of Saudi, rather than the south, where Yemen is.

He said on Twitter: “Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. ”

Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Mousavi responded: “Such fruitless and blind accusations and remarks are incomprehensible and meaningless.”

Tensions between Iran and America have been high since the US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal, and imposed harsh sanctions on Tehran.

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