Trump said he hopes to negotiate a 'real deal' with Iran following his summit with Kim

 

  • Hours after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters he hoped he would also be able to negotiate a "real deal" with Iran. 
  • Iran was closely watching Trump's meeting with Kim, and warned North Korea that Trump could cancel a nuclear agreement even before returning home. 
  • Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal last month, which has sent the agreement into a tailspin.


Hours after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters he hoped he would also be able to negotiate a "real deal" with Iran. 

"I hope that, at the appropriate time, after the sanctions kick in — and they are brutal what we’ve put on Iran — I hope that they’re going to come back and negotiate a real deal because I’d love to be able to do that," he told reporters. "But right now it’s too soon to do that."

Trump added that Iran was a "different country" now than it was "three or four months ago." 

"I don’t think they’re so confident right now," the president said.

Iran was closely watching Trump's meeting with Kim, and warned North Korea that Trump could cancel a nuclear agreement at any time.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leave after signing documents that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un after they signed documents that acknowledged the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk during their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Anthony Wallace/Pool via Reuters TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attend a signing ceremony during a summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk during their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Anthony Wallace/Pool via Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during the signing of a document after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Susan Walsh/Pool via Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un react during their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Anthony Wallace/Pool via Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un look at each others before signing documents that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. They are flanked by Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk in the Capella Hotel after their working lunch, on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Susan Walsh/Pool via Reuters
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"We don’t know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with. It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning home,” Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said, according to state media IRNA News.

"This man does not represent the American people, and they will surely distance themselves from him at the next elections," Nobakht said. 

Last month Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal which had been reached under President Barack Obama. The deal limited Iran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for sanctions relief and signatories France, Germany, and the UK have since been scrambling to save the deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that Iran cannot remain in the deal unless Europeans find a way to compensate for the US withdrawal, and Iran has pledged to resume its nuclear activities if a deal is not reached.

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