President Donald Trump said on Twitter Friday that he had no intention of lifting sanctions before meeting with Iranian leaders. He made the statement after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that the Trump administration offered to remove all sanctions on Iran in exchange for negotiations.
State Department officials also denied Rouhani’s claims. According to CNBC the news from the State Department caused oil prices to spike once again.
“Iran wanted me to lift the sanctions imposed on them in order to meet,” said Trump. “I said, of course, NO!”
Iran wanted me to lift the sanctions imposed on them in order to meet. I said, of course, NO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
Rouhani Pushes For Sanctions Lift Before Talks
Rouhani, who made his latest statement on his official website, pushed for a meeting with Trump. He noted that Germany, England and France were also pushing for the talks between the two nations.
“The German chancellor, the prime minister of England (Britain) and the president of France were in New York and all insisted that this meeting take place. And America says that it will lift the sanctions,” said Rouhani, as reported by Reuters. “It was up for debate what sanctions will be lifted and they had said clearly that we will lift all sanctions.”
According to Reuters the Iranian leader added “but this action wasn’t in a manner that was acceptable, meaning that in the atmosphere of sanctions and the existence of sanctions and the toxic atmosphere of maximum pressure, even if we want to negotiate with the Americans in the 5+1 framework, no one can predict what the end and result of this negotiation will be.”
Iran Targeted Saudi Oil Fields
Iran targeted and hit Saudi Arabia’s oil fields earlier this month. The administration immediately heightened sanctions and Trump announced on Twitter that he had instructed the U.S. Department of Treasury to “substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!”
It won’t be the only option the administration has, including a military response to the attack on the allied nation of Saudi Arabia, intelligence and military analysts told SaraACarter.com.
The administration’s decision to increase sanctions followed the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries. U.S. officials determined Iran was behind the attacks that sent oil prices surging.