“I think Iran is a different country now than it was three or four months ago. I don’t think they’re looking so much to the Mediterranean,” Trump added.







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About a month after he withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, US President Donald Trump stated on Tuesday that he would be pleased to conduct negotiations with Tehran regarding a “real deal.”

Speaking after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, Trump said that the new sanctions on Iran are severely harming the country’s economy and that they will hopefully bring Iran back to the negotiating table.

Trump added that his firm policy toward Iran is working. “I think Iran is a different country now than it was three or four months ago. I don’t think they’re looking so much to the Mediterranean, I don’t think they’re looking so much at Syria like they were, with total confidence, I don’t think they’re so confident right now,” he said.

Earlier in the press conference, Trump commented on his meeting with Kim. Trump said that the two are “ready to write a new chapter between our nations.” He thanked Kim for “taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people,” emphasizing that the meeting today, which is the first between an American president and a North Korean leader, proves that “real change is possible.”

“My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive. We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time, under very strong, strong circumstance,” he added. “We’re prepared to start a new history.”

“Today’s the beginning of an arduous process— our eyes are wide open, but peace is always worth the effort, especially in this case. This should have been done years ago. This should have been resolved a long time ago—but we’re resolving it now,” he said. “Chairman Kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people. Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”