Trump wants talks with Iran, But there is "Always a Chance" of War
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Trump wants talks with Iran, But there is "Always a Chance" of War

By IndraStra Global News Team

On June 5, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump told ITV television during his ongoing state visit to Britain that he is prepared to talk to Iran but that there was always a chance of U.S. military action against Tehran.

"So Iran is a place that was extremely hostile when I first came into office," Trump speaking to ITV television's Good Morning Britain on June 5. "They were a terrorist nation number one in the world at that time and probably maybe are today."

Asked if he thought military action might be needed, he said:  “There’s always a chance. Do I want to? No, I’d rather not, but there’s always a chance,” He further added, “I’d much rather talk (to Rouhani).”

Trump's comments come amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies in the Persian Gulf.

Washington a year ago withdrew from the Iranian nuclear agreement a.k.a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), which was signed between world powers and Iran, that curbed the country's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Trump argued that the terms on the accord were not tough enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and did not address the country's missile program or its support for militants in the region.

Since then, Washington has rolled out a "maximum pressure" policy against Iran by reimposing sanctions, moved to cut the country's oil exports to zero, and beefed up its military presence in the Middle East, citing "imminent threats" from Iran. As a result, sending Iran's economy into freefall. 

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on June 5 that Tehran would not be "deceived" by Trump’s offer of negotiations and would not give up its missile program. "This political trick will not deceive Iranian officials and the Iranian nation," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast on Iranian television.

However, an unprecedented change of tone was being noticed in Khamenei's speech by geopolitical watchers. As he went soft on Trump but lashed out at Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.

With reporting by Al Jazeera, BBC, ITV Television and RFE/RL