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Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that it to change “no evidence” that Iran is ready to “malicious behavior”, as the Iranian regime continues to act aggressively on the world stage.
“In the end, the Iranians, the meeting of the regime, has a decision to make, it behave like a normal nation,” Pompeo told reporters during a press conference with the Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno. “And if you do, we are willing to negotiate on a wide range of issues without preconditions, and I hope that you do,”
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Pompeo added that the United States has tried to de-escalate the situation and create space for negotiations, but added that “we have seen no evidence that the Iranians are willing to fundamentally change the direction of their nation, to what we’ve asked of him with their nuclear program, their missile program, their malicious behavior all around the world.”
The Secretary of state’s statements came a day after Iran seized a British flag oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Senior Iranian officials said that the seizure of the Stena Impero, as well as the brief detention of a second UK-flagged ship with a “reciprocity” measure for the 4. July seizure of an Iranian tankers through the British Royal Marines off the island of Gibraltar.
This is contrary to the message of the state news Agency IRNA, which claimed that the British ship was seized because it rammed an Iranian fishing boat.language
The British Foreign Secretary of state, Jeremy Hunt, said on Saturday that he had spoken with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, and “it is clear, to talk of him, and also statements that Iran will see this as a tit-for-tat situation … Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Hunt said the Iranian tanker Grace1 violated European Union sanctions due to the wear of the oil in Syria, the arrest in the waters of a British territory is legal.
“The Stena Impero was seized in Oman’s waters, clearly against international law,” hunting. “It was then forced to sail to Iran. This is completely and absolutely unacceptable …
“Our priority is to find a way to escalate the situation,” the foreign Minister went on. “… But we have to recognize, because the process happens in Iran as well. We need to see the illegal seizure of a British flagged vessel reversed, we need to have the ship released, and we continue to be very concerned about the safety and welfare of the 23 members of the crew.”
Maritime safety in the Strait of Hormuz has deteriorated in recent weeks after six attacks on oil tankers that the United States denies the blame on Iran – a claim the government in Tehran. The United States pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year, and has imposed waves of economic sanctions against Tehran as part of efforts to curb Iranian aggression in the region.
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On Friday, the U.S. said one of its warships shot down an Iranian drone in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf. American officials said they used electronic jamming to bring the unmanned aircraft, while Iran said that it needed to happen.
President Trump said on Friday that Iran is “nothing but trouble” shortly after the news of the Tanker broke seized, but he remained confident the dead point master “very nice.”
He added that the regime “is showing their colors” by the seizure of the Tanker, and that it is in “big trouble right now” because of the crushing sanctions of the USA
Pompeo on Saturday said, the management holds the hope that Tehran come to the negotiating table.
“These are not the actions of a country that looks like the tip in the right direction, but we hope that, as President, Trump has said that you have to sit down and discuss each of these elements with us,” he said.
Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis, Greg Norman, Ben Florance and The Associated Press contributed to this report.