Trump clarified his intentions in the Middle East claiming he isn’t looking for a regime change in Iran while also stating any open confrontation too is to be avoided by any means.
“I do believe Iran would like to talk and if they’d like to talk, we’ll talk also. . . . Nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me,” Trump said in Tokyo during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe.
Trump’s change of tone comes barely a week after he had issued a stern warning to Iran saying the country will risk losing its very existence if it went to war with the US. The US president earlier had also supported Abe’s attempts to use his country’s good relations with Iran to broker a deal between Iran and the US.
The US had earlier deployed warships and bombers in the middle east in its build-up against Iran. His aggressive posture in the region however went for a lot of criticism from the Congress who asked for definitive proof of any wrongdoing on part of Iran before Trump presses ahead with his war plans. The Congress also cautioned to take lessons from the conflict in Iraq saying any misadventure in Iran might prove to be more costly.
Trump meanwhile had also stated he isn’t afraid of the recent missile tests conducted by North Korea. Instead, he reposed his faith on the North Korean leadership to remain committed to their de-nuclearization plans.