President lightens the tone on tough stance against Iran
“I’m not looking to hurt Iran at all. I’m looking to have Iran say, ‘no nuclear weapons,’” Trump said at the press conference in Japan.
Trump last weekend threatened that war would be “the official end of Iran,” but this time seemed more open to sitting down with the country’s leaders.
The two sides have also shown signs of negotiating as the United States prepares to deploy additional troops to the region.
In the suggestion of ar a renegotiated nuclear pact with Tehran, Trump seemed to echo similar logic he used to argue that North Korea will eventually give up its nuclear weapons.
“I think we’ll make a deal,” Trump said Monday.
“I think Iran, again I think Iran has tremendous economic potential. and I look forward to letting them get back to the stage where they can show that.
“These are great people,” he added.
“It has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership. We’re not looking for regime change. I just want to make that clear. We’re looking for no nuclear weapons.”
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Earlier this month, Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned both the UK and the European Union against helping Iran.
Pompeo’s warning comes following Washington’s efforts to bring Tehran’s oil exports to zero.
But the UK and EU’s joint policy towards the country could be putting them on a collision course with the US, according to Pompeo.
He added that Washington wouldn’t hesitate to issue sanctions against British and European companies if they carried on doing business with Iran.
The socialist Vermont senator was responding to President Trump’s recent threat to Tehran, in which he warned that if the Iranian regime “wants to fight” the United States, it “will be the official end of Iran.”