NEW DELHI: The US President Donald Trump said that he was ready to have a dialogue with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, British television channel quoted him saying.
“Iran is a place that was extremely hostile when I first came into office,” Trump said to ITV, adding that they were a terrorist nation number one in the world at that time and probably maybe are today.
The tension between the countries escalated, following Trump took over the highest office in the US, and the US has recently deployed warships in the Gulf.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Trump has also told British officials that he was not seeking a war with Iran and looking at broader dialogue with Tehran over the country’s nuclear ambition.
Britain holds divergent views on the US policy on Iran and feels economic sanctions would push the country to insolvency.
In an upcoming two-day visit to Tehran by the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, Iran expects that the occasion would set favourable conditions for discussions with the US.
The US Democratic party, Republicans-led Trump rival, also believes that the existing foreign policy of the US is faulty, and the country should show restraint.
The war-like situation, created by the US leadership, after intense lobbying by Saudi Arabia which is hostile to Iran, would not yield any benefit to the Western country.