(Persia Digest) – As the Iranian President left Tehran for New York this morning to attend the UNGA, the possibility of a meeting with the US President was being murmured around town.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that a meeting or non-meeting between the two presidents has been a main topic of conversation on the sidelines of the UNGA this year. As tensions escalated after the Houthi attack on Saudi oil facilities, there has been talk of a possible meeting between Rouhani and Trump in New York.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, nevertheless, clearly announced last week: “There will be no talks between Iranian and US officials on any level until the US returns to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal - not in New York and not anywhere else.” This was posted once again on the Supreme Leader’s Instagram page today.
But advisor to the Iranian President, Hessameddin Ashena, has tweeted: “The President is on the threshold of carrying out a difficult mission on behalf of the Iranian nation; perhaps a mission more difficult than any other.”
It does not seem that the President’s advisor was talking about Rouhani’s trip to NY and speech at the UNGA by difficult mission to present his “Hormuz Peace Initiative”. Is there something else on the way?
Today, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour also tweeted: “Iranian FM tells me today that President Rouhani is willing to meet with President Trump in New York this week “provided that President Trump is ready to do what's necessary,” exchanging sanctions relief for “permanent monitoring of Iranian nuclear facilities.”
A hardliner political actor opposed to the JCPOA, Mahdi Mohammadi, tweeted in Iran that we are on the verge of making a very bad deal.
All these talks and rumors have led the media in Iran to anticipate the possibility of a huge political event between Iran and the US for 40 years. It remains to be seen what will take shape over the next three days.
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