Donald Trump says he's ready to talk to Iran president Hassan Rouhani

Donald Trump did not discount the chance of a US military action against Iran. (AFP)
Updated 05 June 2019

Donald Trump says he's ready to talk to Iran president Hassan Rouhani

  • US president says there is always a chance of US military action against the Iran
  • Trump is in UK where he discussed the Iran threat with Prime Minister Theresa May

LONDON: US President Donald Trump said he was prepared to talk to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani but that there was always a chance of US military action against the Islamic Republic.

“So Iran is a place that was extremely hostile when I first came into office,” Trump told British television station ITV. “They were a terrorist nation number one in the world at that time and probably maybe are today.”

When asked if he thought he would need to take military action, he said: “There’s always a chance. Do I want to? No. I’d rather not. But there’s always a chance.”

He said, when asked, that he was prepared to talk to Rouhani: “Yeah of course. I would much rather talk.”


Lebanon information minister quits in first government resignation over blast

Updated 15 min 33 sec ago

Lebanon information minister quits in first government resignation over blast

  • Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel-Samad said she apologizes to the Lebanese public for failing them

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel-Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of Beirut.
“After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,” she said in a statement carried by local media, apologizing to the Lebanese public for failing them.