Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he is on board with President Donald Trump’s earlier declaration that he would sit down and talk with Iranian leaders.
The interview, appearing on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Monday, came two hours after Trump said during a press conference with Italy’s prime minister that he would meet with Iran’s leaders, without pre-conditions, “anytime they want.”
The secretary of State offered a more qualified take on the potential for top-level meetings with Iran, listing several pre-conditions.
“We’ve said this before,” Pompeo said. The “president wants to meet with folks to solve problems. 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.”
U.S.-Iran tensions have intensified of late, after Trump tore up an Obama-era nuclear deal with the Middle Eastern nation and as the administration prepares to re-impose sanctions on the regime.
The secretary of State spoke with CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera hours after he announced $113 million in new Trump administration investments in Asia.