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US ready for Iran talks with 'no preconditions'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday (June 2nd) said the US is ready to talk to Tehran without preconditions, AFP reported.

But Iran's president on Monday ruled out negotiations with Washington.

Pompeo said the US is willing to speak with Iran "with no preconditions", but stressed the US would continue working to rein in Iran's "malign activity".

"We are prepared to engage in a conversation with no preconditions. We are ready to sit down with them," Pompeo told a joint news conference in Switzerland with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis, adding however that "the American effort to fundamentally reverse the malign activity of this Islamic Republic, this revolutionary force, is going to continue".

Tensions have spiked in recent weeks between Tehran and Washington.

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