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Pompeo says there are conditions for Iran talks, contradicting Trump

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Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo said he supports President Donald Trump
holding talks with Iran, but listed conditions for such
discussions to move forward.

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Lamarque/Reuters


  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed his
    support for President Donald Trump holding talks with Iran,
    listing specific conditions for such discussions to occur, just
    hours after the president said he would not require
    preconditions to sit down with Iranian leaders. 
  • “No preconditions. They want to meet? I’ll meet,” Trump
    said at a joint press conference with Italy’s Prime
    Minister Giuseppe Conte.
  • Trump stating he has no preconditions for talks with
    Iran seems to put him at odds with Pompeo and potentially other
    top advisers. 
  • In a speech back in May, Pompeo listed 12 specific
    conditions that would need to be met for the US to hold talks
    with Iran after Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw from
    the Iran nuclear deal.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed his support
for President Donald Trump holding talks with Iran, listing
specific conditions for such discussions to occur, just hours
after the president said he
would not require preconditions to sit down with Iranian
leaders

“We’ve said this before. [Trump] wants to meet with folks
to solve problems,”
Pompeo told CNBC’s “Closing Bell”
in an interview that
reportedly came about two hours after Trump’s comments.

“If the Iranians demonstrate a commitment to make
fundamental changes in how they treat their own people, reduce
their malign behavior, can agree that it’s worthwhile to enter
into a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation,
then the president said he’s prepared to sit down and have the
conversation with them,” Pompeo added. 

During a joint press conference earlier in the day with
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who is visiting
Washington, DC, Trump said he’d meet with “anybody” when
discussing the prospect of holding talks with Iran. 

“No preconditions. They want to meet? I’ll meet,” Trump
added. 

In a speech back in May, Pompeo listed 12 specific conditions
that would need to be met for the US to hold talks with Iran
after Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw from the Iran
nuclear deal. The Iranian government swiftly dismissed them as
unacceptable. 

More recently, Trump and Iranian leaders have engaged in a heated
war of words. 

After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said a conflict between
the US and Iran would be the “mother of all wars,” Trump last
Sunday sent an all-caps tweet warning the Iranian leader not to
threaten the US anymore. 

Trump softened his tone in a speech last Tuesday in which he said
he was ready for talks with Iran, which he reiterated during
Monday’s press conference.

But stating he has no preconditions for talks with Iran seemingly
puts Trump at odds with some of his top advisers and potentially
other Republicans. Former President Barack Obama was heavily
criticized by conservatives when he said he’d hold talks with
Iran without prior conditions or stipulations. 

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