US President Donald Trump is willing to meet with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani at the UN this week, US secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in an interview with NBC.
Trump will address the UN’s General Assembly on Tuesday and on Wednesday will chair a Security Council meeting where Rouhani might be in attendance as well.
“He’s happy to talk with folks any time,” Pompeo told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ talk show. “The president’s been pretty clear about that.”
Trump had tweeted on Friday that his visit to the UN would focus on Iran, while White House officials said that the meeting would focus on halting the spread of nuclear weapons.
According to Bloomberg, Iran can attend the Security Council meeting if it is the main topic of discussion. This will increase the likelihood of an encounter between both presidents.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States of being a "bully" that wants to create insecurity in the Islamic Republic, a day after an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 members of the country's Revolutionary Guards.