Macron says conditions in place for Trump, Rouhani talks

Saturday, 28 Sep, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY on Thursday.

Rouhani previously said discussions with the USA could continue to be possible under 2 states the US was unwilling to consent to.

"They want me to know that I'm not supposed to be here", the Foreign Minister said.

Iran was ready for negotiations but not in an atmosphere of sanctions and pressure, the Iranian president said.

The British newspaper the Guardian quoted an informed source in NY that the warning has been "privately" handed over to Iranian officials during their visit to NY. President Trump's assertion that the US was "locked and loaded" has been followed up by a Pentagon announcement that the USA will send a Patriot missile battery, radars, and 200 support personnel to Saudi Arabia.

Iran has been accused by the U.S., Britain, France and Germany of carrying out drone and missile strikes against key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on September 14 that temporarily knocked out almost 6% of daily global crude production and rattled oil markets.

Rouhani also said, "Today, Palestine is going through tough times and the Zionist regime is committing acts of aggression against Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq on a daily basis, and the United Nations is silent towards these crimes".

Iran is also accused by the United States and its allies of attacking two key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, triggering a new phase of tensions in the region.

On Wednesday, the United States sanctioned five Chinese people and six entities it accused of knowingly transferring oil from Iran in violation of Washington's curbs on Tehran. He said at the time: "The only path for us is to confront USA pressure by using our means of imposing pressure". These are two key main issues Trump says the nuclear deal did not address when it was completed under the Obama administration.

The leaders of France and also the United Kingdom urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Donald Trump to match the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in what seemed to be shuttle diplomacy aimed at relieving worries and potentially attracting the two leaders together.

After abandoning the deal, Trump in May tightened sanctions on Iran in an effort to reduce its oil exports - its main source of foreign exchange and government revenues - to zero. "We'll have to see how widely implemented the sanctions will be", said KY Lin, spokesman for Taiwanese refiner Formosa Petrochemical, a major crude oil buyer in Asia. He stated: "When America takes back its words and repents and returns to the nuclear agreement it violated, then with the group of countries that are part of the agreement and talk with Iran, America can also participate". Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal signed by America's European allies, UK, France, Germany as well as China and Russian Federation.

The British-flagged oil tanker, Stena Impero, which was seized by Iranian forces in July, left Iran Friday morning, Iran's marine and port authority said.