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Pompeo Says Pressure on Iran to Continue

Pompeo Says Pressure on Iran to Continue

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020 - 10:30
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington was prepared to talk to Iran "anytime", but that it needed to "fundamentally" change its behavior and that a campaign of maximum pressure against it would continue.

"We are not rushed, the pressure campaign continues. It's not just an economic pressure campaign... it's isolation through diplomacy as well", he told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Pompeo on Wednesday closed a three-nation Africa tour.

In Addis Ababa, he insisted that US President Donald Trump was eager to play a bigger role on the continent.

"If there's one thing you should know about our president –- my boss –- you should know that he loves deals," he said, drawing laughs from the audience at the UN's Economic Commission for Africa.

"He wants more to happen between the United States and nations all across Africa,” Pompeo added.

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