Rex Tillerson said the American president was asked by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly, but "he said no."
Secretary Tillerson looked surprised when a reporter informed him that the president had already told the press that he had indeed arrived at a final decision, signaling disconnect between the head of government and the top diplomat.
"I didn't know he was going to say today he made a decision," Tillerson said. "I knew he had, but I didn’t know he was going to say he had."
Tillerson held the press briefing following a meeting with the parties to the deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.
The meeting marked the highest-level U.S.-Iran contact between Tillerson and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif since Trump entered the Oval Office.
After the meeting, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said all parties, including Tillerson, agreed that the deal "is working and is delivering for its purpose". ■
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