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14:40  25 august  2019
14:40  25 august  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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President Trump on Sunday tamped down talk of a united outreach to Iran from Group of Seven (G-7) nations, saying the U.S. would do its own "outreach" to Tehran.

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The president told reporters during the summit in Biarritz, France, that he was happy to have allies engage with Tehran and seek to tamp down tensions. But he disputed that he'd approved of French President Emmanuel Macron passing on a formal message from the G-7 members following the event.

"I haven't discussed this. No I haven't," Trump said.

The comments came after the French president said the G-7 member nations had agreed on a message to Iran that contained the group's unified objectives. The topic of how to approach Iran has been divisive since Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal while other G-7 allies remained committed to the pact.

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Iran has also locked horns with Britain, with Iran 's Revolutionary Guards seizing a British tanker in July after France has stepped up its outreach to Iran 's President Hassan Rouhani, with Macron US President Donald Trump has accused Macron of sending Tehran "mixed signals", a charge rejected

Macron said he also discussed Iran at the top of the agenda when he met Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Bregancon, France. “My guess is that nobody will succeed” in persuading the Trump administration to ease off maximum pressure to try to get to Iran negotiations or Iranian

"We'll do our own outreach, but, you know, I can't stop people from talking. If they want to talk, they can talk," Trump said.

Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran
Trump says hasn't discussed G-7 outreach to Iran

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Trump was critical earlier this month of Macron's efforts to mediate. He complained that the French president and other leaders were sending Iran "mixed signals" by purporting to negotiate on behalf of the U.S.

"I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself. No one is authorized in any way, shape, or form, to represent us!" Trump tweeted.

In addition to Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has attempted to serve as an intermediary between the U.S. and Iran.

The Trump administration has taken a hard-line approach toward Iran, hammering the country with sanctions in an effort to cripple its economy.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that Iran would like to negotiate a new nuclear deal, but there is no evidence that the two sides are close to coming to the table. The U.S. does not have a permanent envoy to Iran, and it recently sanctioned the Iranian foreign minister.

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