A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said Monday that representatives for the country would not be open to a meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton maxes out to 19 Democratic House candidates Tucker Carlson slams immigrant lawyer as ‘citizen of country controlled by conquistadors’ Trump highlights praise from judge on reuniting families his administration divided MORE and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, calling the U.S. “totally unreliable” in a statement.
Bahram Qassemi said at a news conference that there would “definitely not” be a possibility for a meeting between the two leaders, adding that the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with his government likely prohibited further negotiations, according to The New York Times.
“With current America and these policies, there will definitely not be the possibility of dialogue and engagement, and the United States has shown that it is totally unreliable,” Qassemi said.
“I think there are no conditions for such a discussion at all,” he added, according to the Times.
Trump had previously indicated interest in meeting with Rouhani in a manner similar to his June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, which led to the historic signing of an agreement between the two leaders calling for a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“I’ll meet with anybody,” Trump said during a press conference with Italy’s prime minister. “If they want to meet, I’ll meet. Anytime they want.”
“You meet,” he added. “There’s nothing wrong with meeting.”
Trump’s call for a meeting came only days after he threatened the country with dire consequences in an all-caps tweet rebuking Rouhani for threats made against the United States.
“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump said. “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
Iran’s foreign ministry again responded at the time, mocking Trump for not taking a more “civilized” tone.
“COLOR US UNIMPRESSED,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. “The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs.”
Trump faced rebukes from U.S. allies in Europe earlier this year when he announced that the U.S. would exit the accords agreed upon by Iran, the U.S., and several other nations during the Obama administration meant to stop the country from acquiring nuclear weapons.