CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Iran's Foreign Minister Javid Zarif Sunday, when the journalist claimed that Zarif asserted that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would be willing to meet United States President Donald Trump in New York at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week if certain conditions were met.
“Provided that President Trump is ready to do what's necessary,” said Zarif according to Amanpour, which would exchange sanctions relief for the “permanent monitoring of Iranian nuclear facilities.”
Many of the Iranians within Rouhani's delegation for the UNGA have yet to receive visas for the trip. Amid the tensions, their visas were delayed and days earlier Tehran mulled about canceling the trip entirely.
Rouhani's visa was issued, however, with limited-travel restrictions; the Iranian president can only travel between his Manhattan accommodations, the U.N. headquarters and the Iranian embassy.
“So they made it very clear in a letter that they attached to my visa that I'm not eligible to get a visa, but they're doing it on a waiver basis. So they want me to know that I'm not supposed to be here,” Zarif said to CBS's Face the Nation.
The unexpected statement comes amid ongoing tensions between Iran, the United States and its allies. Most recently, the American accusation and Iran's denial of bombing of a major Saudi Arabian oil facility last week. Prior to that was the seizure of shipping vessels and suspicious activities along the Hormuz Strait – and long before those incidents – the United States' abandonment of the nuclear deal with the Iran.
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