Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that he does not think President Trump Donald John TrumpDemocrats’ CNN town halls exposed to extreme agenda Buttigieg says he is Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE wants a conflict with Tehran, but could be “lured into one.”
“I don’t think he wants to be. But that doesn’t include him being basically lured into one, “Zarif told Reuters.
Zarif said Trump could be lured into what he described as a” B-team “featuring national security adviser ] John Bolton John Robert BoltonUS official says Trump White House to focus on Russian interference is like ‘pulling teeth’: CNN Bolton: US has ‘special responsibility’ to back Venezuelan opposition leader Five things to know about the International Criminal Court MORE and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the news service.
Zarif added that Iran “is not seeking confrontation,” but also “will not escape defending itself.” [ThosewhohavedesignedtheButletmemakeitclearthatIranisnotseekingconfrontationbutwillnotescapedefendingitself”hesaid
The US and Iran have had a contentio us relationship under Trump.
The president last year withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. Trump has since reimposed sanctions on the country.
This month, the Trump administration also labeled Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a “foreign terrorist organization” and announced it would not renew sanction waivers that allowed several foreign countries to purchase oil from Iran without facing sanctions.