US President Donald Trump has reportedly according to media reports has said that there is no precondition for talks with Iran except that he would not allow it to acquire nuclear weapons.
Trump, after coming to power, has withdrawn from the Iranian nuclear deal and imposed sanctions on Tehran, which requires countries like India to stop purchasing oil from Iran.
“Not as far as I’m concerned. No preconditions,” Trump told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ when asked if he has any preconditions for talks with Iran.
“You’ll talk anywhere?” asked Chuck Todd during the interview.
“Here it is. Look, you can’t have nuclear weapons. And if you want to talk about it, good. Otherwise you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come,” Trump said.
The President said that he is surrounded by two groups of people hawks and doves.
“I have some hawks. Yeah, (National Security Advisor) John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he’d take on the whole world at one time, okay? But that doesn’t matter because I want both sides… I was against going into Iraq for years and years.
“And before it ever happened I was against going into Iraq. And some people said, ‘Oh I don’t know’. I was totally against and I was a private citizen. It never made sense to me. I was against going into the Middle East. We’ve spent USD 7 trillion in the Middle East right now,” Trump said.