Trump: 'Iran Is a Different Country Now Than It Was 3 or 4 Months Ago'

By Susan Jones | June 12, 2018 | 9:44am EDT
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei berated President Trump for withdrawing from the nuclear deal, but said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will be standing strong long after Trump’s corpse is “worm food.” (Photo: Office of the Supreme Leader)

( - In response to a question about a deal with North Korea, President Donald Trump veered to Iran, saying he'd like to make a nuclear deal with them, too.

Not only did Trump inherit the North Korea crisis, "I was given the Iran deal and plenty of other problems," Trump told a news conference in Singapore.

But we are doing really well. And the Iran deal, I have to be honest, I did it (backed out of it) because nuclear is always number one to me. Nuclear is number one. But on the Iran deal, I think Iran is a different country now than it was 3 or 4 months ago.

I don't think they are looking so much to the Mediterranean, I don't think they are looking so much at Syria, like they were with total confidence. I don't think they're so confident right now. 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. But right now it's too soon for that.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi has warned North Korea not to trust any deal with the United States.

"The U.S. has a history of sabotage, violation and withdrawal with respect to bilateral and multilateral international commitments,' Qasemi told a news conference on Monday, before the summit in Singapore.

"With regard to the US behaviors, especially Mr Trump's approach since the time he has been in office, Washington has continued to sabotage international agreements and unilaterally withdraw from them," Qasemi was quoted as saying by Iran's IRNA news agency.

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