President Trump may be looking to his North Korean playbook in his future dealings with the Iranian regime, saying he was “willing to meet” with leaders in Tehran should they agree to a new path forward on a series of international issues.
The President was speaking alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte when he was asked to weigh-in on whether he would be willing to meet Iranian leaders to forge a new nuclear agreement.
"I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet." US President Trump said he is willing to meet with Iran's leadership, without preconditions https://t.co/6p3k5937bT pic.twitter.com/acg81i5gFS
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“I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don’t know that they’re ready yet. They’re having a hard time right now. I ended the Iran deal, it was a ridiculous deal. I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet, and I’m willing to meet anytime they want to,” said Trump.
“If we could work something out that’s meaningful, not that waste of paper the other deal was… I would certainly be willing to meet,” he added.
TEHRAN’S TANTRUM: Iran Pledges to ‘RESTART NUCLEAR PROGRAM’ If Deal Stalls
Iranian officials vowed to “restart” their nuclear program on a massive-scale should the international treaty collapse; accusing the Trump administration of “dragging the Middle East into chaos.”
Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif released an official statement regarding the failing nuclear deal Friday, claiming his government was poised to restart the banned weapons program on an “industrial scale” should other nations pull-out from the agreement.
Zarif went on to blast President Trump for his “ignorance and folly” and announced upcoming visits to world capitals to help prop-up the international pact.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed the deal during a speech Friday, saying the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw would be hard to overcome because a “huge economic power has left.”
“We hope we can, but there are a lot of things playing a role in this,” she added. “We will have to discuss that with Iran.”
TEHRAN’S TANTRUM: Iran Holds DAY OF PROTEST Against Israel
Iran celebrated its yearly ‘Day of Protests’ against Israel Friday; burning Israeli flags, trashing posters of Prime Minister Netanyahu, and slamming the United States over its decision to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem.
Officials in Tehran used the occasion to blast the Jewish State’s ongoing conflict with Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza; most of which are backed by Iranian money, weapons, and military support.
“The US, Saudi Arabia and Israel want to put Iran in a corner, but they don’t know that with this action they are threatening their own security,” said parliament speaker Ali Larijani.
Thousands of protesters assembled on the streets of Tehran to hear their leaders trash Israel, the US, and their allies across the globe, with many chanting “Death to America” while burning the US flag.
The demonstrations come just weeks after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Iranian nuclear agreement, sparking outrage across the Islamic Republic.