Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that there is "no sign" of Iran's willingness to change its "malicious behavior" as the Iranian regime continues to aggressively act on the world stage.
The Iranian regime must make a decision that it wants to behave like a normal nation, "Pompeo told reporters during a press conference with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno." And if they do that, we are ready to negotiate about a broad spectrum of problems without preconditions and I hope they will do that.
New footnote of Iran allegedly shows commands bouncing off the British oil tanker
Pompeo added that the US has tried to de-escalate the situation creating room for negotiation, but added that "we have no signs for having seen that Iranians are ready to fundamentally change the direction of their nation, to do the things we have asked them to do with their nuclear program, their rocket. " The program, their malicious behavior around the world.
The Foreign Minister's remarks came a day after Iran conquered a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. High-ranking Iranian officials said that the seizure of the Stena Impero and the temporary imprisonment of a second British-flagged vessel were a "countermeasure" for the seizure of an Iranian tanker by the British Royal Marines off the island of Gibraltar. 1
British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said Saturday he spoke with his Iranian counterpart. Javad Zarif, and "it is clear from the conversation with him and also Iran's statements that they see this as a real situation … Nothing could be further from the truth."
Hunt said the Iranian tanker Grace1 "The Stena Impero was confiscated in Omani waters in clear violation of international law," Hunt said. "It was then forced to sail to Iran, which is totally unacceptable …
" Our priority remains to find a way to de-escalate the situation, "the Foreign Minister continued. … But we also have to see a proper process in Iran. We must undo the illegal confiscation of a British flagged vessel, we must release this ship, and we remain very concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the 23 crew members.
Safety at sea in the Strait of Hormuz has worsened in recent weeks after six attacks on oil tankers accusing the US of Iran – a claim that denies the Tehran government an attempt to end Iranian aggression in the country
Iran's Revolutionary Guard confiscates a UK-operated tank in the Strait of Hormuz Gulf, American officials said they shot down the unmanned aircraft with an electronic jammer, while Iran said it simply had not happened.  President Trump said Friday that Iran was "nothing but trouble" The news of the seized tankers broke, although he remained hopeful that the stalemate will be "very good."
He added that the regime was "their Shows colors "by confiscating the tankers and being" in dire straits. "Owing to the US On Saturday, Pompeo expressed the hope that Tehran would come to the negotiating table.
"These are not the actions of a country that looks like it's going in the right direction. However, as President Trump has said, we hope they will sit down with us and discuss each of these issues. "
Lukas Mikelionis of Fox News, Greg Norman, Ben Florance and The Associated Press contributed to this report.