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Iran Knows It Can't Bet on Trump 2020 Defeat as Sanctions Bite

  • Zarif cites Mexico, North Korea as examples of how Trump works
  • ‘We did not leave the negotiating table,’ minister says
Mohammad Javad Zarif

Mohammad Javad Zarif

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As Iran weighs the merits of talks with the U.S. and tensions remain high in the Persian Gulf, the Islamic Republic’s leadership is preparing for a second Donald Trump term and mindful of how two key countries fared in high-stakes negotiations with him: Mexico and North Korea.

“There is a better than 50% chance that he might still be in office, so we will need to deal with him for another six years,” Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif said Wednesday in a television interview with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait.