President Donald Trump said Monday he doesn’t know whether the United States is closer to negotiations or war with Iran. He said he’ll wait and see how the feud unfolds.
“Iran doesn’t know where they are … they are a very mixed up country,” Trump said at the White House. “Their country is in turmoil. … Whatever it is, I’m just going to sit back and watch.” He added, “We’re ready for the absolute worst.”
Trump spoke in the wake of Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker, as well as arrests of people Iran said have been spying for the United States – a claim Trump denied.
“That’s totally a false story,” he said before a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. “That’s another lie.”
The administration announced it placed sanctions on a Chinese company for transporting Iranian crude oil in violation of U.S. restrictions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told The Wall Street Journal that Chinese company Zhuhai Zhenrong and one of its executives knowingly violated U.S. rules.