Iran’s President Won’t Meet Trump Unless the U.S. Lifts Sanctions

President Rouhani steps back from a potential diplomatic opening as hard-liners warn against showing weakness

ByAresu Eqbali in Tehran and Sune Engel Rasmussen in BeirutUpdated Aug. 27, 2019 6:26 pm ET

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected the possibility of meeting with President Trump as long as the U.S. sanctioned his country, a day after both leaders appeared to be opening up to possible talks following months of heightened tensions.

The Iranian leader’s return to his default position illustrates the pressure he faces at home from hard-line factions opposed to talking to the Trump administration and the challenges of resolving the crisis between the U.S. and Iran.