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Trump says he probably would not attend Putin's Iran summit

August 16, 2020 at 3:25 pm

US President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2020 [BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images]

US President Donald Trump on Saturday all but dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for a summit of world leaders to discuss Iran, saying he probably would not participate, reported Reuters.

During a news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, Trump also said he intended to move next week to trigger a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran at the United Nations.

“We’ll be doing a snapback,” Trump told reporters one day after the UN Security Council, almost unanimously, rejected a US bid to extend a UN arms embargo on Iran. “You’ll be watching it next week.”

The United States has threatened to trigger a return of all UN sanctions on Iran using a provision in a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, known as snapback, even though Trump abandoned the accord in 2018. Diplomats have said the United States would face a tough, messy battle in any such move.

The United States lost its bid on Friday to extend the UN arms embargo after Putin proposed a summit of world leaders to avoid “confrontation” over the American “snapback” threat.

“Probably not,” Trump said when asked whether he would participate in the Putin-backed summit.

Read: Just one vote – US humiliated by rejection of Iran arms embargo at UN

In the Security Council vote, Russia and China opposed extending the weapons ban, which is due to expire in October. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while the United States and the Dominican Republic were the only yes votes.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the United States suffered a humiliating defeat at the Security Council.

“I don’t remember the United States preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it garners only one vote,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. “But the great success was that the United States was defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation.”