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Trump claims US ready to make ‘real deal’ with Iran on nuclear program

US President Donald Trump claims Washington is ready to make a “real deal” with Iran over the country’s nuclear program, a significant retreat from his blustery rhetoric just days after he threatened the Islamic Republic with incredible hardships.

“Iran is not the same country anymore, that I can say,” Trump said Tuesday during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national convention in the US state of 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.”

Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, and that he planned to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on Tehran.

Trump on Monday threatened Iran with hardship “the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”

Trump’s pugnacious message on his official Twitter account in all capital letters late Sunday came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s warning to him not to “twist the lion’s tail” after the US unveiled a series of anti-Iran measures.

Rouhani said the United States should know that peace with Iran will be the mother of all peace while war with the country will be the mother of all wars.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also warned the US president to be cautious after his threats.

“COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, including our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS! ,” Tweeted Zarif on Monday.

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