At a cabinet meeting, President Trump stated that with regards to Iran “a lot of progress has been made. And if they’d like to talk, then we'll see what happens.” He went on to reiterate that “they can’t have a nuclear weapon. We’re not looking, by the way, for regime change… and we want them to get out of Yemen”. Secretary of State Pompeo asserted that “with respect to Iran, we’ve done three things. We’ve supported the Iranian people… we’ve continued to work with this coalition [of Gulf countries and Israel] that all understands that the largest threat to Middle East security is, in fact, the Islamic Republic of Iran… thirdly, we’ve imposed a series of sanctions on the Iranian regime”. He added that “the Iranian regime is struggling to figure out what they're going to do with their economy because we've been terribly effective...for the first time the Iranians have said that they're prepared to negotiate about their missile program”. An Iranian spokesperson rejected Iran’s willingness to discuss its missile program, saying that “Iran’s missiles and its missiles are absolutely and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country, period”.
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