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New York, Sep 19 : US President Donald Trump has held out the possibility of making a significant announcement when he addresses the "Howdy Modi" rally with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in Houston.

When a reporter travelling with him on Air Force One asked him on Wednesday night if he had any announcement to make with Modi in Houston, Trump replied, "Could be." Trump said that Modi had asked him to come to the rally and he agreed.

According to a transcript of his encounter with reporters while flying back from California to Washington, he said Modi has "got a big crowd coming and I guess the crowd just got a lot bigger because they just announced - he asked, would I go, and I will go." Trump said, "I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Modi." But he added that he has, "by the way, great relationship with Pakistan and with India." While Trump did not hint at what the anwritten to Washington through the Swiss embassy on Monday, denying any role in the attacks and warning it would respond to any action against it.

Though Tehran-supported Houthi rebels Yemen have claimed responsibility for the attack, both Washington and Riyadh have ruled that out.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense said the missiles and drones used in the attack came from the north, not Yemen to the south as Iran has contended -- suggesting that Riyadh was in conformity with the US assessment that the attack was launched from Iranian soil.

US President Donald Trump also announced new sanctions on Iran, posting on his Twitter account: "I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase sanctions on the country of Iran!" US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated President Donald Trump's comments that "we don't want war with anybody, but the United States is prepared".

Trump had last year pulled out of a hard-won deal between Tehran and international powers that froze Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.

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-- The story has been published from a wire feed without any modifications to the text

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