We dont need a mediator, Trump told Reuters on the spot. Marklong is certainly my friend, but were not looking for any mediator. They (Iranians) know how to contact us. Trump added that his schedule did not include a meeting with Ruhani this week, but would not rule out a meeting with him in New York.
French Foreign Minister Ledrion said at a press conference Sunday that France, Britain and Germany plan to discuss the Iranian nuclear agreement within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly. He also said that Frances current focus is to cool U.S. -Iraqi relations, rather than allow Trump and Ruhani to meet.
On September 20, the U.S. government announced sanctions against three Iranian entities, including the Central Bank of Iran, in response to the attack on Saudi Arabias oil facilities. U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo said in a statement the same day that this round of sanctions is the response of the United States to the Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia, and the extreme pressure on Iran by the United States will continue.
Meanwhile, France says it has set up a $15 billion credit line to help Iran still export oil under U.S. sanctions. In exchange, Iran needs to stop further violations of the Iranian nuclear agreement and agrees to engage in dialogue with the international community on its nuclear program, ballistic missile program and regional situation. However, the French plan met with resistance from the United States. Reuters analysis said that if the United States does not relax some of the sanctions against Iraq, Frances proposal will not be able to land.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif made an unexpected visit to the French city of Biaritz on 25 February and met with French President Mark Long, while the Group of Seven (G7) summit is being held there. The White House said U.S. President Trump was surprised, and Zarif did not meet with U.S. officials. In recent months, France has sought to act as a mediator between the United States and Iran. On August 23, Zarif visited Paris, France, and met with Marklong to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue.
Iran exhibits humiliating U.S. drones that have fought outside the U.S.
Iran responded to the announcement by the U.S. government that it would increase its troops to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions on three entities, including the Central Bank of Iran, on the 21st day by displaying for the first time the U.S. drones shot down and captured over the years.