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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 19 August 2018

Trump: I could make a ‘real deal’ with Iran

US president appears to row back from his bellicose Twitter attack at the weekend on the Islamic Republic

Donald Trump appears to have softened his war of words with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani. AP
Donald Trump appears to have softened his war of words with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani. AP

US President Donald Trump seemed to backpedal a bit on Tuesday when he suggested in a speech that his administration could make a ‘real deal’ with Iran.

After being involved in a war of words and slamming 'mafia-like' Iran, Mr Trump suggested that the US could find common ground with the Islamic Republic.

On Sunday, Mr Trump had warned Iran President Hassan Rouhani against threatening the US again.

But on Tuesday he appeared to soften his line.

“Iran is not the same country anymore, that I can say,” Mr Trump said while addressing the VFW National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. “And we’ll see what happens, but we’re ready to make a real deal, not the deal that was done by the previous administration which was a disaster.”

Earlier in the day, the war of words between the US and Iran had continued when the former Revolutionary Guards commander of the Middle Eastern country, Mohsen Rezaei, delivered a volley of bellicose threats.

Mr Rezaei, the Iranian Expediency Council secretary, responded to Donald Trump’s all-capitals Twitter barrage by saying: “You, who possess more than 50k troops within the range of the Iran’s fire, are the one who should be worried.”

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