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Donald Trump offers to meet Iran without preconditions

July 30, 2018

President Trump said Monday that he is ready to meet without preconditions with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, despite a recent exchange of threats with the leader of the Islamic regime.

“No preconditions. They want to meet. I’ll meet anytime they want,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump made the offer despite criticism Republicans aimed at his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for suggesting a meeting with Iran without preconditions.

“I’ll meet with anybody. I believe in meeting,” Mr. Trump said at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Mr. Trump also was criticized for meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He entered a standoff with Iran after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and restoring sanctions.

Mr. Trump said that meeting was especially important when war or famine hang in the balance.

“I don’t do that from strength or from weakness. I think it is the appropriate thing to do,” he said.

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