Ruling out meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he is sure that Rohani must be "an absolutely lovely man".
Confirming the statement, Trump tweeted “despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rohani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!"
According to press reports, the White House evaluated the possibility of arranging a meeting between Trump and Rohani with the idea of fostering some rapprochement similar to the one the US leader created earlier this year with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after months of harsh rhetoric and threats.
Iranian leader Hassan Rohani on Monday said the conditions were not right to hold a meet after Trump had withdrawn the US from the 2015 nuclear deal.
Trump had also announced imposition of economic sanctions on Iran from November.
Rohani had said Trump had threatened the Iranian people and intervened in Tehran's internal affairs.
The leaders of both the nations were scheduled to meet during their respective speeches before the General Assembly on Tuesday.
New York meetings among heads of state and government from around the world are being dominated by the tensions between the US and Iran.