US: Diplomacy remains an option to Iran dispute

U.S. President Donald Trump has left open the possibility that his administration could ease sanctions on the Iran, if it decides to pursue a diplomatic resolution to its standoff with Washington.

When asked by reporters about the possibility that the United States might ease its “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic, President Trump did not exclude the option. He went on to reiterate disinterest in forcing a regime change in Iran. Trump told reporters at the White House ” We’ll see what happens. I think Iran has the potential and I think North Korea – those are two countries we’re dealing with right now at a very high level.” “I think Iran has a tremendous potential, They’re incredible people,” said the U.S. leader, adding “We’re not looking for regime change. We hope that we can make a deal and if we can’t make a deal that’s fine too. OK? That’s fine too.”

Trump concluded his remarks, by emphasizing, “But, I think they have to make a deal.”

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz commented on the potential meeting between President Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, saying it “has nothing to do with the close alliance between Israel and the United States.” While speaking to Army Radio this morning, the top Israeli diplomat went on to stress that what mattered most to Israel is that the sanctions imposed on Iran are not weakened.