U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday a deal with Iran on its nuclear program was possible، crediting economic sanctions for curbing activities Washington has said are behind a spate of attacks in the Middle East، according to Reuters.
“I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal، and I think that’s very smart of them، and I think that’s a possibility to happen،” Trump said during a news conference with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.
“It has a chance to be a great country with the same leadership،” Trump said. “We aren’t looking for regime change — I just want to make that clear. We are looking for no nuclear weapons.”
Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States after this month’s attack on oil tankers in the Gulf region.
Washington، a firm backer of Tehran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia، has blamed the attacks on Iran، which denies the accusations.
The United States has deployed a carrier strike group and bombers to the Mideast region and an extra 1،500 troops to the Gulf، prompting fears of a conflict.
During his joint news conference with Trump، Abe said Japan would do what it can on the Iran issue.
“Peace and stability of the Middle East is very important for Japan and the United States and the international community as a whole،” Abe said.
Trump last year withdrew the United States from a 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran، and is ratcheting up sanctions in an effort to end Iran’s international sales of crude oil and strangle its economy.