Not looking for regime change in Iran Trump

first_imgTokyo: President Donald Trump said Monday the United States was not seeking “regime change” in Iran despite mounting tensions, in dovish comments also praising North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “very smart guy.” Speaking after summit talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump seemed at pains to dial down tensions in the world’s two most pressing flashpoints as the US faces increasingly bellicose regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. “We’re not looking for regime change, I just want to make that clear, we’re looking for no nuclear weapons,” Trump said in relation to Iran, adding that he was “not looking to hurt” Tehran and believes the two sides could come to a deal. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’He had earlier opened the door to negotiations with the regime in Tehran, saying: “if they’d like to talk, we’d like to talk also.” Washington has decided to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East amid growing friction with Tehran after Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal and later re-instated tough sanctions. But Trump appeared to give backing to his host Abe to mediate, amid reports the Japanese prime minister is considering a trip to Tehran to negotiate. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”I know for a fact that the prime minister (Abe) is very close with the leadership of Iran… nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me,” Trump said before the summit with Abe. Addressing the other hot-button issue in international diplomacy, Trump doubled down on his backing for Kim despite two short-range missile tests that sparked renewed concern in the region after a period of relative calm. Asked about the missile tests, Trump said: “My people think it could have been a violation… I view it as a man who perhaps wants to get attention.” This appeared to be a reference to his hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton, who said on Saturday that the launches contravened UN Security Council resolutions. Kim “is looking to create a nation that has great strength economically,” said Trump, reiterating his view there was “tremendous economic potential” in North Korea. “He knows that with nuclear… only bad can happen. He is a very smart man, he gets it well,” said the president, who even sided with the North Korean leader in criticising Joe Biden, who could be his main rival in next year’s presidential election. “Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is, based on his record, I think I agree with him on that,” said the president. Trump was in Japan as the first foreign leader to visit the country’s newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito, which he described as a “great honour.” In the morning, Trump, dressed in a dark suit and red tie, reviewed the Japanese honour guard and greeted dozens of Japanese and visiting US officials as a military band played.last_img

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