The United States will not probably take part in an online summit on Iran proposed earlier by Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump said at a press conference on Saturday.
"Probably not," the US leader said. Washington will probably want to wait until presidential elections in the country end, Trump added.
On August 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin came out with an initiative to organize a summit of the United Nations Security Council permanent members, Germany and Iran to discuss problems of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The purpose of the event is to identify steps that will allow avoiding confrontation and aggravation of the situation in the UN Security Council," the Russian leader said in the statement posted on the Kremlin’s website.
In the Security Council vote, Russia and China opposed extending the weapons ban, which is due to expire in October. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while the United States and the Dominican Republic were the only yes votes.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the United States suffered a humiliating defeat at the Security Council.
“I don’t remember the United States preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it garners only one vote,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. “But the great success was that the United States was defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation.”
“It’s a serious mistake, we regret that,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday of the Security Council vote in a news conference during a visit to Poland.