Pompeo announced that United States of America is ready to negotiate with Iran without preconditions

Larry Hoffman
June 6, 2019

"The yardstick for US intention for negotiations is a change in general approach and actual behavior toward the Iranian nation", Mousavi added, in a response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks on talks with Iran.

Mr. Cassis said Switzerland would be pleased to serve as an intermediary, but not a "mediator", between the United States and Iran.

"This real challenge is inside of Iran today, they are not caused by the economic sanctions, they are caused by 40 years of Islamic regime".

But on Saturday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani suggested that he may be willing to hold talks if Washington showed it respect, but said they would not be pressured into discussions.

On May 29, President Hassan Rouhani said: "The door of negotiations is not closed provided the US lifts the sanctions and fulfills its commitments".

Eyeing China, Pompeo said the United States is seeking terms for fair trade practices.

Pompeo did not respond directly to this request, but he rejected the notion that USA sanctions were causing suffering, instead blaming the leadership in Tehran.

Proponents of the legislation say their passage will help Iran access foreign financial markets, but opponents warn that it will give foreign countries access to Iran's financial data.

"We're not afraid of a little competition from China, and I know the people of the Netherlands aren't either, [but] we want to compete on a free, fair, open and reciprocal basis", Mr. Pompeo said a joint news conference with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok. To do so, however, would require requests from both sides, he said.

Nonetheless, Pompeo's comments mark the first time the Trump administration has offered no-strings-attached talks since the recent escalation began in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from a hard-won 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. "If we remain hopeful in the war with America, we will win".

Pompeo also discussed with Merkel the kippa controversy that has been roiling German society, after the country's official in charge of fighting anti-Semitism appealed to the Jewish community not to wear religious symbols in public that identify them as Jews.

"The world should be mindful of how we are watching closely how Iran is complying with the requirements that were set out", he said.

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