Iran FM: I have never spoken directly with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 2:10 PM PT – Sat. May 25, 2019

Mike Pompeo’s Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif claims that he’s never directly spoken with the secretary of state.

On Friday, the foreign minister said the main reason for the lack of communication was due to Pompeo’s “tendency to insult” him.

In this May 21, 2019, photo, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, left, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak to members of the media after a classified briefing for members of Congress on Iran on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A State Department spokeswoman deflected concern over Zarif’s comments, explaining the administration’s “high-pressure campaign is aimed at forcing Iran to the negotiating table.”

She added, “if the Iranians are willing to engage on changing their ways to behave like a normal nation, we are willing to talk to them.”

Meantime, the foreign minister also took aim at the White House for its recent deployment of 15,000 troops to the Middle East.

In a statement Saturday, Zarif called the president’s move dangerous for peace in the region, adding the U.S. is “inflating tensions with Iran.”

His comments come after President Trump announced he will send troops to assist our Middle Eastern allies, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the UAE.

He said the move was meant as a “deterrent” to Iran’s military, and will help guarantee the safety of U.S. forces.

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