Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he will only meet with President Trump if sanctions are lifted prior to the meeting, as tension between Washington and Tehran continues to mount.
Rouhani made those remarks on Monday if sanctions are not lifted there would not be a positive outcome and would likely be only a photo op.
His remarks come shortly after suggesting he would engage in a meeting regardless if the meeting came in an effort “to help my country’s development and resolve the problems of the people.”
Rouhani continued by saying, “Even if the odds of success are not 90 percent but are 20 percent or 10 percent, we must move ahead with it.”
His remarks come just one day after President Trump suggested there was a chance the pair would meet to discuss heightened bilateral tension in the near future.
Over the weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for an unannounced visit in hopes of breaking the ice between Washington and Tehran.
President Trump said although he would meet with Iranian leaders in the future, doing so during the G7 summit in Biarritz would have been too soon.
President Macron said he notified President Trump that Zarif would be meeting with him over the weekend in hopes of creating some sort of ceasefire between the U.S. and Iran.
Tension has mounted with Iran since last year when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
He has repeatedly slammed the deal for failing to address weapons testing and Iranian proxies in the Middle East.
Washington has imposed historic sanctions targeting Tehran, which have ultimately starved the economy the U.S. claims sponsors terror around the world.
Although President Trump has expressed his willingness to negotiate with the Islamic Republic, Tehran has been adamant about sanctions relief, which Washington has said is out of the question.