President Donald Trump said Monday he would seek a deal with Iran to contain its nuclear program by using the same tactics as President Barack Obama in the pursuit of diplomacy.
Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press that the Obama administration “would not use a negotiated agreement that was the result of years of negotiations.
We are not going to use that.”
He said the Trump administration would seek to avoid a war by not using the “tactical option” and instead negotiate a “comprehensive” agreement.
“We will do everything in our power to avoid any use of the tactical option, and to be the negotiator, not the aggressor, and be the peacemaker,” Trump said.
“But I think it’s fair to say that when we negotiate, we use the strategy and we use all of the tools we have,” he added.
Trump has been criticized by some Republicans for trying to negotiate with Iran through the diplomatic route, instead of the military.
In recent weeks, Trump has been pushing to scrap the Iran deal with Tehran and instead use diplomacy to resolve the conflict.
The Obama administration negotiated the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic in 2016, with Tehran agreeing to curb its nuclear weapons program and limit its enrichment activities.