Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo with Darren McCaffrey of Euronews (Excerpts)

June 3, 2019


QUESTION: And just one question which is on Iran. It does seem that you are now willing to meet and talk with Iran without preconditions, which is not what you’d said before.

SECRETARY POMPEO: That’s not true.

QUESTION: So your policy hasn’t changed on this?

SECRETARY POMPEO: President Trump said well over a year ago that he was prepared to meet without any preconditions, willing to talk to the Iranians about the full range of their malign activity, their missile program, their nuclear program. This is not a new statement.

QUESTION: But you – you accept there is a divergence on Iran between Europe – some European countries, the major European countries, and yourselves?

SECRETARY POMPEO: No, not at its core. Absolutely not. In fact, I saw foreign minister – Foreign Secretary Hunt, right? He said just yesterday, he said we share a common view on the threat from Iran. We’ve departed ways on the JCPOA. We had a different analytical analysis of the best way to prevent Iran from having a pathway to a nuclear weapon system. Yeah, that technical piece we disagree on. But the thrust, the goal, the risk, the threat, I think Europeans and Americans share a very common understanding about.