Iran foreign minister: No meeting planned with US counterpart

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there was no meeting planned with US officials including his counterpart Mike Pompeo at the United Nations General Assembly. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 11 August 2018
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Iran foreign minister: No meeting planned with US counterpart

  • Zarif said: “No, no such meeting is planned. We have repeatedly announced our position”
  • Earlier this week, the United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran in line with President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a 2015 agreement over Iran’s nuclear program

DUBAI: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there was no meeting planned with US officials including his counterpart Mike Pompeo at the United Nations General Assembly, the semi-official news agency Tasnim reported on Saturday.
Asked about the likelihood of a meeting with US officials, including Pompeo, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Zarif said: "No, no such meeting is planned. We have repeatedly announced our position," Tasnim reported.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed a US call for talks without preconditions last Monday, hours before Washington moved to impose new sanctions in line with President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a 2015 agreement over Iran's nuclear programme.
"About the recent offer by Trump, our official position has been announced both by the president (Rouhani) and myself. The Americans lack honesty," Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim.
Asked whether a message from the United States was to be delivered to Iran by Omani officials, Zarif said: "There is no such message," Tasnim reported.
Zarif said earlier this week that Oman and Switzerland had acted as mediators in talks with America in the past but that there were currently no direct or indirect talks being held with the United States. 


Turkey’s president says country will defy economic threats

Updated 3 min 27 sec ago
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Turkey’s president says country will defy economic threats

  • The lira’s value dropped 38 percent against the dollar since the beginning of the year and sunk as low as 7.24 this week
  • Turkey is reeling from a massive sell-off of its currency as Washington imposed sanctions and threatened new ones

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s president has said his country will stand strong against an “attempted economic coup” amid heightened tensions with the US.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told thousands of supporters in Ankara that the country was being “threatened by the economy, sanctions, foreign currency, interest rates and inflation.”
He said: “we tell them that we see their game and we challenge them.”
Turkey is reeling from a massive sell-off of its currency as Washington imposed sanctions and threatened new ones if an American pastor under house arrest isn’t released.
The lira’s value dropped 38 percent against the dollar since the beginning of the year and sunk as low as 7.24 this week.
On Friday, ratings agencies Standard & Poor and Moody’s downgraded Turkey’s credit rating further to “junk” status.