US President Donald Trump has rejected French President Emmanuel Macron's proposals to mediate between the United States and Iran in the ongoing dispute between them.
"We don't need a mediator," Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the 74 summit of UN General Assembly on Monday. "He is my friend, but we are not looking for any mediators."
Trump added that he is not intended to hold a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on sidelines of UNGA meetings, but he didn’t rule out meeting him in New York.
On the other hand, Iran’s top diplomats have said they will not enter into negotiations until the US stops its campaign of “maximum pressure” on Tehran, making bilateral talks between leaders attending the meeting of UNGA this week highly unlikely.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that “maximum pressure” from the United States has produced “maximum resistance” from Iran, and that Tehran will continue to resist.
Speaking at the Iranian mission to the UN in New York, he said “to get real negotiations started, this economic war has to end,” in reference to US sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy and dramatically reduced its oil sales.
And to end this economic war, we first need a ceasefire in order to do real negotiations and find sustainable solutions,” Mr Araghchi added.
“Not only us, but no country will negotiate under pressure,” he added.
This year’s UNGA meeting comes amid fraught relations in the Gulf following a 14 September attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, which the kingdom and its allies in the West blamed on Iran.