‘We’re not looking for regime change’ in Iran Trump says in slap at Bolton after dispatching 1,500 additional U.S. troops to the region

Monday, May 27, 2019
By Paul Martin

The president said Iran ‘has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership’
His administration slapped new sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from the six-party nuclear deal
Trump said he was ‘looking for no nuclear weapons’ in Iran
He also indicated a willingness to negotiate
Trump said Thursday the military sent 1,500 troops to the region amid increased tensions
His administration cited an Iranian military threat to the U.S. and allies
Trump also talked down the North Korea threat and even stated that Kim had not launched ballistic missiles

27 May 2019

President Donald Trump talked down the Iranian threat during, stating he is not looking for ‘regime change’ in Tehran, even after dispatching 1,500 troops to the region amid deep tensions.

The U.S. is ‘not looking for regime change,’ Trump said at a press conference in Japan during a trip to meet Japan’s new emperor.

The president confirmed at the White House as he departed for the trip Thursday that the military is sending 1,500 additional troops to counter ‘credible threats’ from Tehran, following weeks of tension.

In May the military dispatched the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln carrier strike force and B-52 bombers. The U.S. also has ratcheted up sanctions on Tehran, following Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump’s remarks came at a press conference where he also praised North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un and even contradicted his own national security advisor, John Bolton, but claiming North Korea had not launched ballistic missiles.

Bolton has long elevated the threat posed by Iran, and pushed Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal negotiated under the Obama administration.

Bolton has also pushed regime change, saying in 2015 that ‘the real solution to the ayatollahs’ nuclear weapons program is to get rid of the ayatollahs.’

Speaking at a joint press conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump seemed at pains to dial down tensions in the world’s two most pressing flashpoints as the US faces off against Tehran and Pyongyang.

Iran ‘has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership. We’re not looking for regime change, I want to make that clear. We’re looking for no nuclear weapons,’ said the president, who became the first foreign leader invited to meet freshly crowned Emperor Naruhito, with a state visit and banquet.

‘I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that’s very smart of them and I think there’s a possibility for that to happen also.’

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