Former Iranian President Urges Direct Talks With Trump

Says Trump is capable of understanding cost-benefits of war

Some Iranian officials, including Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, have expressed support for the idea of a new round of talks with President Trump, but are trying to condition it on the US pledging to make good on previously promised sanctions relief.

Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the surprise move to endorse direct talks with President Trump on Friday, saying Trump is a businessman “and therefore he is capable of calculating cost-benefits and making a decision.”

Ahmadinejad went on to say that in talks, Trump could be made to see that the long-term cost-benefit does not support the idea of a war, and that he should not be shortsighted.

Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president from 2005-2013. He broadly ran as a centrist within Iran, sparring with hardliners and Reformists. He’s been critical of the current, Reformist government, and most recently has gotten in some legal trouble for accusing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of embezzling money.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of