Donald Trump says he’s willing to meet with Iran president Hassan Rouhani

Donald Trump has said he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without conditions.

“If they want to meet, I’ll meet,” Mr. Trump said overnight (AEST), adding that he would be willing to “meeting with anybody.”

“I believe in meetings,” especially when there was a risk of war, he added.The US and Iranian leaders swapped taunts last week, escalating security concerns between the two nations when Mr. Rouhani warned the Trump administration against continuing hard-line policies against Iran.

“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Mr Rouhani said last week. The comments were tougher than usual for the Iranian president, who is seen as a moderate in Iranian politics.

Mr Trump responded with his own threat, posting on a message on Twitter addressed “To Iranian President Rouhani.”

Read the article by Michael Bender in The Australian (from The Wall Street Journal).