Trump says U.S. not seeking regime change in Iran, tones down rhetoric

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Asked about Trump's comments in a news conference in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency: "We now see no prospect of negotiations with America".

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President Trump on Monday appeared to tone down his rhetoric on Iran and said the U.S.is not seeking a regime change just a week after he warned Tehran that a confrontation between the two countries would lead to its demise.

"I do believe Iran would like to talk and if they'd like to talk, we'll talk also". The U.S. responded by announcing plans to deploy 1,500 troops to the Middle East. Trump has maintained that the U.S.is not interested in a regime change in Iran, but wants to see "no nuclear weapons".

Bahram Qassemi, Iran's ambassador to France, told how all nations in the Middle East must come together and strengthen the region to stabilise it before confirming Tehran's readiness to sign a non-aggression pact with Persian Gulf Arab states. Zarif in his tweet also blamed Trump's economic pressure on Iran for the regional tensions. "Nobody wants to see bad things happen, especially me", Trump said, according to The Washington Post. "And you have (national security adviser) John Bolton and others talking about the need to go to war in Iran". The Kyodo News agency, citing unidentified government sources, said Friday that Abe's visit would be likely in mid-June.

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Mr Abe said Japan would do what it could on the Iran issue.

Trump past year withdrew the United States from a 2015 worldwide nuclear deal with Iran, and is ratcheting up sanctions seeking to end Iran's global sales of crude oil and strangle its economy.

Tension increased after this month's attack on oil tankers off the UAE coast, and another on Saudi oil pumping stations and a pipeline. Japan was a major buyer of Iranian oil for decades before USA sanctions which Trump said were taking effect.

Mousavi said Iran was "listening to the views of countries" who have offered to mediate but had not received or given any "special message" during a flurry of diplomatic visits in recent weeks.

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