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Pompeo: Washington wants a peaceful solution with Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States wants a peaceful solution to the tension with Iran, but the ball is in Tehran’s court.

“We want a peaceful solution with Tehran and we hope that we can reach that. In the end, it will be up to the Iranians to make this decision,” Pompeo told a news conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

“We hope to find an opportunity to negotiate with them and come up with a result that is good for them and for the United States,” he said.

On the other hand, a US State Department official said that the United States is communicating with Iranian officials to discuss the fate of American citizens held in Tehran.

“We have offered, as President (Donald Trump) has offered to meet with the Iranians (on the issue). We sent a letter earlier this year,” said the official, who requested anonymity.

In response to a question about whether the United States has made new efforts to secure the release of prisoners before the meeting of world leaders as part of the work of the United Nations General Assembly this week, the official said, “They know where we are.” The official added that Washington’s efforts were not interrupted.

“We need to see a goodwill gesture,” the official said, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Iranian officials could not be reached for comment on the official’s comments. Source