Pompeo: US ready for unconditional talks with Iran

Pompeo: US ready for unconditional talks with Iran
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe The CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll MORE said Sunday that the Trump administration is ready for unconditional talks with Iran. 

"We’re prepared to engage in a conversation with no preconditions. We’re ready to sit down with them," Pompeo said during a joint press conference with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis in Switzerland. 

Pompeo's remarks followed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's Saturday announcement that Iran would be willing to speak with the U.S. if the country showed respect, according to Reuters

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It was a flip from Iran's earlier position that the government saw "no prospect of negotiations with America." 

Pompeo added that the "American effort to fundamentally reverse the malign activity of this Islamic republic" will continue, according to a transcript of the conference. 

The White House announced additional sanctions in May on the steel, iron, aluminum and copper sectors of Iran after the nation said it would stop complying with certain parts of the Obama-era nuclear agreement.

The Trump administration has a notably cold relationship with the nation, which was amplified by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal last year.