The U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, citing President Trump affirmed that “there will not be sanctions relief for a meeting [with Iran]. There are a lot of benefits that the President and the Secretary of State have made clear once we can get to a full and comprehensive agreement with the regime, but we’ve got to see a change in behaviour for that to happen”. Hook further maintained that “we are very prepared to talk, but the regime has decided to choose a different course. And so we’re in no hurry. We have plenty of time”. He went on to assure that the U.S. “is deeply committed to sanctions enforcement, and what is as important as the designations, is enforcing it. And we still are seeing a few hundred thousand barrels a month going to China… We would like to see that number get to zero, so we’re going to continue working hard on sanctions enforcement”.
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