On 27 May, during his visit to Tokyo, US President Trump told reporters that Iran “has a chance to be a great country with the same leadership”. He added “I’m not looking to hurt Iran at all. I’m looking to have Iran say no nuclear weapons. No nuclear weapons for Iran and I think we will make a deal.” Given that just days before he had threatened to “end” Iran, this may seem a remarkable turnaround.
In recent weeks US President Trump has deepened his administration’s policy of applying “maximum pressure” upon the Iranian government and Iranian people.