Putin says he won’t negotiate with Trump over Iran deal
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he will not negotiate with President Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal.
Speaking to journalists at the end of a state visit to China on Wednesday, Putin said that Trump’s “attempt to renegotiate the agreement and to seek a better deal on the sanctions regime, with which we have a common enemy, is not a real negotiation.”
“It is an attempt to weaken our common strategic interests and to undermine the credibility of our common diplomacy,” he said.
“If I can help this cause, I will.”
Trump on Wednesday issued a statement on the issue of the Iran deal, saying he was “not happy” with the decision of his predecessor Barack Obama to extend the sanctions in 2016 despite Trump’s veto.
“I have no confidence in my successor, nor in our president.
I will continue to do what I believe is in America’s interest,” Trump said in a statement.”
While I strongly support diplomacy with Iran, the United States will not sign a deal that does not provide for a peaceful, diplomatic solution,” he added.
Trump’s decision to reject the deal, which had been expected to be a major win for his administration, was widely seen as a sign of how much he disliked the sanctions relief.
Trump has argued that the agreement should be renegotiated, and said he would have liked to see the US exit the nuclear deal had he not been elected.
“That deal was a disaster.
It had a lot of flaws.
It was designed to put the US on the path to World War III.
The United States has not been able to live up to that deal,” Trump told the US television show “The Five” on Wednesday.
“We have to do a lot more about sanctions and other things, I would have loved to have been able, but at least I got my way.”