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Trump says Iran prisoner swap shows deal can be made

A successful US-Iran prisoner swap is a confidence building measure but it remains to be seen whether it could be a prelude to negotiations on broader US-Iran tensions.
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks from the Marine One helicopter to board Air Force One and depart Washington for a day and evening trip to Florida from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott - RC2KQD97NVV8

WASHINGTON — A day after the United States and Iran traded prisoners on an airport tarmac in Zurich, Switzerland, US national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien said President Donald Trump would like to hold unconditional talks with Iran, both to secure the release of the other Americans still held by Iran and to address US concerns about Iran’s nuclear program and destabilizing regional behavior.

“The president has offered to talk to the Iranians without preconditions about a whole range of issues,” O’Brien, who previously served as Trump’s hostage envoy, told CBS' Margaret Brennan in an interview today on "Face the Nation."

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