SWITZERLAND: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned on Sunday his nation was prepared to speak with Tehran “with no preconditions”, however with no indication lifting sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme is on the desk.
The highest US diplomat, who is taken into account a hawk on the Iran file, appeared to melt the US stance considerably following weeks of escalating tensions with Tehran.
“We’re ready to have interaction in a dialog with no preconditions,” Pompeo mentioned in Switzerland, which within the absence of US-Iranian diplomatic ties represents Washington’s pursuits within the Islamic Republic.
“We’re prepared to sit down down with them,” Pompeo informed a joint information convention along with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis on the spectacular medieval Castelgrande fortress in Bellinzona, nestled within the Alps in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino area.
He was reacting to feedback made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday insisting that his nation wouldn’t be “bullied” into talks with the US, and that any dialogue between the 2 nations wanted to be grounded in “respect”.
However Pompeo appeared to right away back-pedal on the supply to have condition-free talks with Iran, stating that Washington was “actually ready to have (a) dialog when the Iranians will show they’re behaving as a traditional nation.”
Pompeo’s feedback mark the primary time the Trump administration has provided no-strings-attached talks for the reason that current escalation started within the wake of the US withdrawal from a hard-won 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
However Pompeo harassed that “the American effort to basically reverse the malign exercise of this Islamic Republic, this revolutionary pressure, goes to proceed.”
In different phrases, Washington has no intention to let up on its campaign of “most strain” on Iran.
Pompeo himself final 12 months laid out 12 draconian calls for he mentioned Iran would want to fulfill earlier than reaching a “new deal” with the US, basically addressing each facet of Iran’s missile program and what Washington calls its “malign affect” throughout the area.
Washington has since reimposed sanctions, and has been locked in an more and more tense standoff with Tehran.
Final month it deployed an plane provider activity pressure, B-52 bombers and an amphibious assault ship to the Gulf, together with extra troops in opposition to what Washington’s leaders believed was an imminent Iranian plan to assault US belongings.