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Trump believes US could make nuclear deal with Iran

Tokyo, May 27 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States said Monday he believes that his country could reach an agreement with Iran to ensure that Tehran does not develop nuclear weapons.

Donald Trump was speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo during his official visit, which will end on Tuesday.

“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 also,” Trump said. "We have enough problems in this world right now with nuclear weapons."

"I think we'll make a deal," added the American leader, who also took the opportunity to criticize the nuclear pact signed by Iran in 2015 with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany and from which the Trump administration withdrew last year.

Frictions between Washington and Tehran have escalated in recent weeks after Iran announced it would no longer fully comply with the nuclear pact.

Trump also accused Iran of supporting armed conflicts in countries such as Syria and Yemen.

"Now they are pulling back because they've got serious economic problems," he said, in reference to "massive sanctions and other things" that the US has imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Tehran has always said that its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed at the generation of nuclear power, but that statement has been received with suspicion by some countries, including the US.

"I'm looking to have Iran say, 'No nuclear weapons,'" Trump said at the press conference.

"It has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership. We're not looking for a regime change. I just want to make that clear. We’re looking for no nuclear weapons," he added.

Japanese media have pointed to the possibility of Abe traveling to Tehran in June in an attempt to broker talks between Iran and the US.

During the press conference, Abe stressed that peace and stability in the Middle East will benefit not only Japan and the US but also the international community.

"We would like to discharge whatever we can do. So, whatever is possible for Japan to do, we absolutely would like to do this," he said.

Abe also highlighted the importance of a "close collaboration" between Japan and the US in order to reduce the tensions surrounding Iran.


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Trump says he is willing to talk with Iran, hints at Japanese mediation

Tokyo, May 27 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States said on Monday that he was willing to talk with Iran to ease tensions between the two countries while highlighting the mediation role Japan could play in the process.

"I know the PM (Shinzo Abe) and Japan have a very good relationship with Iran," Donald Trump said in brief statements to the media before his meeting with the Japanese prime minister at the Akasaka Palace, where visiting heads of states and dignitaries stay.

"I do believe Iran would like to talk and if they want to talk we'd like to talk," added Trump, who arrived on a four-day state visit to Japan on Saturday.

Japanese media have pointed to the possibility of Abe traveling to Tehran in June in an attempt to broker talks between Iran and the US, whose governments have traded hostile remarks recently.

Frictions between Washington and Tehran escalated further after Iran decided to reduce its commitments to the nuclear pact reached with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany in 2015 and from which the Trump's administration withdrew last year.

"I know for a fact the PM (Abe) is very close with the leadership of Iran, and we'll see what happens. Nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me," Trump said.

The possibility of Japanese mediation between the US and Iran arose after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Tokyo in mid May.

Trump also referred to his diplomatic thaw with the Pyongyang regime, which suffered a setback after talks collapsed at the end of February following the failure of the summit he had with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi.

"I personally think that lots of good things will come with North Korea. I feel that. I may be right, I may be wrong but I feel that," Trump said.

"No rocket testing, no nuclear testing ... we've come a long way with North Korea. We'll see what happens. There's a good respect built, maybe a great respect built between the United States and North Korea," said the American leader despite the short-range missile tests carried out by Pyongyang early May.

"Let's see if something constructive can be done ... if you look back at the last two years, it's been a big difference," he said.


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