Japan is considering offering medical aid to Iran when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly later in the month, diplomatic sources said. "I have no meeting scheduled (with Rouhani)". Tehran has long-rejected holding talks with Washington, while the country remains subject to US sanctions.
The administration has undertaken a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, which includes withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and ratcheting up sanctions.
During an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd earlier this summer, Todd asked Trump pointedly if he would meet with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with "no preconditions". Anytime they want. Anytime they want.
Trump's remarks come amid heightened tensions between the two countries over Washington's accusation that Tehran was behind the drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. "It's looking that way".
"I think you know we've done more sanctions on Iran than anybody. But it does look that way", he said.
Satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, September 14, 2019. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and other USA officials will be visiting Saudi Arabia to hold talks in the aftermath of the attacks.
It was in June, after the U.S. drone downing, that Trump ordered a retaliatory bombing raid against Iran, only to say he'd called it off with 10 minutes to go. We want to find definitively who did this.
"By accusing Iran without any evidence of being behind such an attack [on Saudi Aramco], analysts say the United States government is trying to force Iran's hands to the negotiating table", Jabbari said.