This article originated in VOA's Persian service. Katherine Ahn contributed from Washington.
U.S. President Donald Trump has called for U.S.-Iran talks for a second day to resolve mutual tensions — a prospect two U.S. allies hope to promote as they send senior envoys to Tehran for the first time in years.
"I understand they want to talk, and we want to talk. That's fine. We'll talk," Trump said Thursday, referring to Iran as he sat for a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Caen, western France. The two leaders earlier had attended a ceremony in the region to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. "But the one thing that [Iran] can't have is … nuclear weapons. And I think the president of France would agree with that very strongly," Trump added.
In a Wednesday interview with British channel ITV on the final day of Trump's state visit to Britain, interviewer Piers Morgan asked the U.S. president if he was prepared to talk to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.
"Yeah, of course. I would much rather talk," Trump replied. In the same interview, Trump reiterated his readiness to use military action in response to perceived threats from Iran. "There's always a chance. Do I want to? No. I'd rather not. But there's always a chance," Trump said.
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