Q: With John Bolton out of the picture, is it now possible to see some less hawkish Iran policy? And does this open the path for the President to meet with Rouhani?MNUCHIN: I would say Secretary Pompeo and myself and the President are completely aligned on our maximum pressure campaign. I think you know we’ve done more sanctions on Iran than anybody. And it’s absolutely working. Now, the President has made clear he is happy to take a meeting with no preconditions, but we are maintaining the maximum pressure campaign.Yeah, go ahead. Go ahead.Q: So, Secretary Pompeo, for clarity on this, can you foresee a meeting between President Trump and the Iranian leader later this month surrounding the United Nations?POMPEO: Sure.Q: Would the President support that, and do you support that actively?POMPEO: The President has made very clear he is prepared to meet with no preconditions.
CHRIS WALLACE: But [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani says no meeting until all U.S. sanctions are lifted first, and President Trump says there’s no way that’s going to happen. What do you put the odds of a Trump/Rouhani summit this month at the U.N.?POMPEO: I’ll leave that to the folks in Vegas. Here’s how I know we’ll think about it: President Trump will think about whether it’s appropriate to meet based on whether he thinks we can get an improved outcome for the American people. He has said he’d meet with him with no preconditions.
Q: So if you’re referring to the 12 demands that the secretary, I believe, spoke at the Heritage Foundation, does not contradict exactly what he said two days ago from the White House -- that the president is willing to negotiate with the Iranians without conditions? How come you have 12 demands and yet he’s willing to sit down with them with no conditions?ORTAGUS: We – the 12 demands, we – again, we’ve talked about all of these things from this podium before. We never said that they were preconditions, and the President has often said, not just in relation to Iran but in North Korea – I mean, you could go around the world – the President puts diplomacy first. He puts peace first. He always says that all options are on the table in whatever conflict that he has to deal with or whatever resolution he is working on....Q: I see. So this is just to lift the sanctions and not as precondition to negotiation.ORTAGUS: Right, yeah.
SANDRA SMITH: The president also spoke at length at the G-7 on the stage, giving a news conference to reporters talking about Iran. And he seemed to set an optimistic tone. What is next with Iran?GIDLEY: Well, listen, he has been clear that he wants to have conversations with the leaders of Iran without preconditions. He’s been very clear about that. He was clear in the G-7 as well. But the fact is, Iran is under a maximum pressure campaign by this president because of its decades’ worth of malign behavior.
Q: But my question was, are they reaching out too? Did you get that message from the Swiss that the Iranians delivered?PENCE: I’m not aware of any outreach from the Iranians.TAPPER: OK.PENCE: I know there was communication. Prime Minister Abe was actually in Tehran not long ago.TAPPER: OK.PENCE: And he encouraged them, as President Trump has done publicly, to engage the United States. The president of the United States has made it clear we’re prepared to talk to Iran without preconditions.
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