Trump says he'd 'prefer not meeting' Iran's Rouhani at UN

"I'm not looking to get into new conflict, but sometimes you have to", he said.

Flowing the attack, President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that the USA was "locked and loaded", but was waiting for the Saudis to verify Iran's culpability and provide guidance on "under what terms we would proceed!" "I don't think they're ready yet but they'll be ready", Trump said.

In a national security meeting on Monday, U.S. military leaders provided President Donald Trump with a menu of possible actions against Iran.

"I never rule anything out, but I prefer not meeting him", Trump said.

Earlier, Iran has slammed the United States allegations as "unacceptable" for allegedly holding it accountable for an assault on Saudi Arabia oil plant, after Washington stated it was "locked and loaded" for any possible response.

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On Wednesday, US officials said the attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iran.

Iran responded by scaling back its commitments under the landmark accord, which gave it the promise of sanctions relief in return for limiting the scope of its nuclear program. Trump's "maximum pressure" policy to bring Iran to its knees appears to have failed, with maximum pressure having now shifted on allies Saudi Arabia, the UAE and a president up for re-election who wants to avoid getting embroiled in a predictable conflict he created by pulling the U.S. out of the nuclear deal.

Trump and Rouhani are both expected to attend the United Nations General Assembly next week.

In the wake of Sunday's attack, US military planners have revisited a long-identified list of potential Iranian targets that could constitute a proportional response.

  • Sonia Alvarado