Trump on North Korea, Poland, says ‘no’ to meeting Iran’s leader


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President Donald J. Trump on Friday, October 4, speaks to members of the press outside the White House about North Korea, Iran, and Poland.

The U.S. president says he called off a possible meeting with the Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani after the latter wants sanctions to be lifted or partially lifted first.

President Trump assures reporters that communications with foreign countries are continuing, despite the “witch-hunt” by House democrats.

[Donald Trump, US President]: "We're dealing with North Korea, they want to meet. And we will be meeting with them, it's probably being set up as we speak, but we will let you know. But North Korea would like to do something. Iran would like to do something. We have a lot of countries in a very good position right now, despite the witch-hunt, which hurts our country and it hurts America.”

He confirms that U.S. and Iranian officials had met to discuss a possible meeting or telephone dialogue with Iranian leader at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

[Donald Trump, US President]: "They were trying to set up a meeting but he wanted sanctions lifted. And I said, you must be kidding. We had no interest. Rouhani wanted a meeting at the U.N. We did talk. I didn't speak to him personally but our sides talked. He wanted sanctions lifted or partially lifted and I said no."

The U.S. president also announces that the State Department has formally designated Poland for entry into the visa waiver program. The visa waiver program allows pre-approved travelers from participating countries to visit the United States for up to 90 days without having to apply for a visitor visa. The Trump administration describes this for Poland as an "important step in continuing to increase economic, security, cultural, and people-to-people connections between our two nations

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