Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

US-Iran news: Trump speaks out on tweeting Iran missile launch photo | World | News

Donald Trump tweeted a photo of an Iranian space centre launch site on Friday, prompting speculation on whether he had posted a classified image from his morning intelligence briefing. However the US President has denied the claims, and clarified the mysterious explosion at the space centre had “nothing to do” with the US. President Trump told reporters: “I just wish Iran well, they had a big problem and we had a photo.

“I realeased it, which I have the absolute right to do, and we’ll see what happens.

“You’ll have to figure out that one for yourself, but we’ll see what happens.

“They had a big mishap, it’s unfortunate, and so Iran as you probably know they are going to set off a big missile and it didn’t work out too well.

“It had nothing to do with us.”

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President Trump previously captioned in his tweet of the image: “The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran.

“I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.”

Meanwhile, the French President has reportedly been pushing for a revival of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal that was broken by President Trump last year.

Macron has often been the de facto intermediary between Western powers and Tehran, with Iranian officials confirming numerous contacts between the two administrations.

Proposals were reportedly discussed in his showdown with Trump, with French officials suggesting that Iran be allowed to sell oil in exchange for returning to the negotiating table.

Macron said Wednesday: “We have made proposals either for a softening of sanctions or a compensation mechanism to enable the Iranian people to live better.

“We shall see what the response from the Iranians is in the hours ahead. And we shall see how the Americans are ready to move forward.”

Tensions rose further between Tehran and Western powers after Iranian officials said the released Grace-1 oil tanker would be heading to Turkey, which has a torn allegiance between the US and Iran ally Russia.

The G7 leaders are officially set to discuss inequality, the climate crisis and ‘digital transformation’ according to the agenda – but Iran is still likely to be high on the agenda for any individual meetings.

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