US President Donald Trump says he is open to meeting Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani under the right circumstances, reports BBC.
It comes after Iran’s foreign minister made a brief and unannounced visit to the G7 summit in France on Sunday.
Relations between Iran and the US have deteriorated since Washington withdrew last year from a 2015 deal to limit Iran’s nuclear activities.
However, on Monday, Mr Trump said he had “good feelings” about the prospect of a new nuclear deal with Iran.
“Iran is not the same country it was two and a half years ago when I came into office,” he told reporters at a joint G7 press conference with French leader Emmanuel Macron.
“I really believe that Iran can be a great nation… but they can’t have nuclear weapons,” he said, adding that they had to be “good players” before he would agree to a meeting.
Earlier on Monday, Mr Rouhani said he was ready to meet anyone if he felt it would benefit Iran.
“If I am sure that attending a session or having a meeting with someone will help develop my country and resolve the people’s problems, I will not hesitate to do so,” he said.