US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday (Sep 10) claimed that President Donald Trump is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani without preconditions while maintaining “maximum pressure” on Tehran.
“Now the president has made clear, he is happy to take a meeting with no preconditions, but we are maintaining the maximum pressure campaign,” Mnuchin said, just days after Iran said it had fired up centrifuges to boost its enriched uranium stockpiles. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, standing alongside Mnuchin in the White House briefing room, said “sure” when asked whether Trump could meet Rouhani later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The remarks came just 90 minutes after Trump announced he had removed John Bolton as his national security advisor. “You know we´ve done more sanctions on Iran than anybody, and it´s absolutely working,” Mnuchin said. “I would say
Secretary Pompeo and myself and the president are completely aligned on our maximum pressure campaign.” Tensions have been escalating between Iran and the United States since May last year, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran and began reimposing sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.