"Strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries.
That's what Kennedy did with Krushchev, that's what Reagan did with Gorbachev, that's what Nixon did with Mao.
I mean, think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuele - these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet, we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union, at the time they were saying we're gonna wipe you off the planet. And ultimately that direct engagement led to a series of measures that help prevent nuclear war, and over time, allowed the kind of opening that brought down the Berlin Wall. Now, that has to be the kind of approach that we take.
We shouldn't be afraid. You know, Iran spend one hundredth of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever posed a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance. And we should use that position of strength that we have to be bold enough to go ahead and listen. That doesn't mean we agree with them on everything. We might not compromise on any issues. But at least we should find out are there areas of potential common interest, and we can reduce some of the tensions that have caused us so many problems around the world"