Trump either mocked or praised Iran's president at the UN — but either way the heat is on

  • President Donald Trump appeared to either praise or mock Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter on Tuesday.
  • Trump has applied massive pressure to Iran that’s had serious consequences on the country’s economy while simultaneously applying military pressure.
  • Rouhani’s government has previously called Trump’s attempts at dialogue a “humiliation,” but Trump keeps trying, mockingly or not.

President Donald Trump delivered what has become one of his signature foreign policy gestures before speaking at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, offering to meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani while applying military and economic pressure to Tehran.

“Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!” Trump tweeted.

While Rouhani may be a lovely man, Trump has turned Iran into a international pariah in the business world and his administration swore to oppose them at every turn with US military forces in Syria.

But all the while, Trump has maintained that he’s interested in talking to Iran’s leaders and trying to strike a new deal.

Rouhani’s government has previously called Trump’s attempts at dialogue a “humiliation,” as Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal that promised Tehran lifting of US sanctions and renewed access to global finance.

As the renewed Trump administration sanctions approach, which are due to take effect on November 4 , Iran’s rial currency plummeted. Many key businesses and countries have announced that they will scale back or stop doing business with the country.

At the UN, EU members and Russia announced a plan to help shield Iran from the effects of US sanctions, which essentially seeks to organise a bartering system to avoid exchanging money, which would attract penalties from the US.

Experts contacted by Business Insider said that Iran will undoubtedly lose money in the deal as the threat of US sanctions scare off big businesses, but that Iran will likely stay in the deal to avoid losing all benefit.

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