Mnuchin: No meeting planned between Trump and Iran’s Rouhani

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a briefing on terrorism financing at the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) says President Donald Trump has no plans to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN’ roh-HAH’-nee) while he’s in New York for the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Mnuchin said Thursday that such a meeting is “not planned at the moment,” even though Trump has made clear “he would sit down with Rouhani with no condition” to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.

Mnuchin also insists that the recent departure of former national security adviser John Bolton will not dramatically change the Trump administration’s posture on Iran. He says he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) “have been executing the president’s maximum pressure campaign” so there’s no “sea change.”

Bolton was a hardliner on Iran who was skeptical of engagement.

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