Secretary of State Pompeo contended that "the Iranian leadership is having to make difficult decisions about resource allocation inside of their own country. And we remain hopeful that there will be an opportunity to discuss with the Iranians the path forward". "President Trump has said repeatedly we are working every day to deter [Iran]", Pompeo continued, "with the maritime initiative that we have in the Strait of Hormuz, to de-escalate and to create opportunities for diplomacy. That's the approach that we have taken. It's the one that we'll continue to take".
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