(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump said Monday that he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without pre-conditions, saying that it would be good for the country, Iran, and the world.
During a joint White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Trump was asked what Iran has to do to reduce some of the tensions.
“And you’ve met with the leaders of North Korea and Russia. Are you prepared also -- are you willing to meet with President Rouhani? And under what conditions? And have there been any preliminary discussions about something like that?” the reporter also asked.
“I’ll meet with anybody. I believe in meeting. The prime minister said it better than anybody can say it: Speaking to other people, especially when you’re talking about potentials of war and death and famine and lots of other things -- you meet. There’s nothing wrong with meeting,” Trump said.
“We met, as you know, with Chairman Kim,” the president said. “You haven’t had a missile fired off in nine months. We got our prisoners back. So many things have happened. So positive, but meeting with people -- I had a great meeting, in my opinion. Of course, the fake news didn’t cover it that way, but I had a great meeting with President Putin of Russia.”
Trump said he and Putin had “a great meeting,” especially “in terms of the future, in terms of safety and economic development and protecting Israel and protecting everybody.”
Additionally, he said he had a great meeting with NATO.
“I just explained NATO. Hundreds of billions of dollars more money will be paid into NATO, the coffers of NATO, and much already has, so I believe in meeting. I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don’t know that they’re ready yet. They’re having a hard time right now, but I ended the Iran deal. It was a ridiculous deal,” Trump said.
“I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet, and I’m ready to meet any time they want to, and I don’t do that from strength or from weakness. I think it’s an appropriate thing to do. If we could work something out that’s meaningful, not the waste of paper that the other deal was, I would certainly be willing to meet,” the president added.
When asked whether there would be preconditions, Trump said, “No preconditions. No. If they want to meet, I’ll meet. Anytime they want. Anytime they want. It’s good for the country, good for them, good for us, and good for the world. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet.”