European leaders blame Iran for Saudi oil attack


>>Mike: THE FALLOUT OF THE ATTACK ON THE SAUDI OIL FACILITY IS FRONT AND CENTER AS WORLD LEADERS GATHER AT THE UNITED NATIONS THIS WEEK. IRAN’S PRESIDENT IS THERE ON A MISSION TO SUPPORT IT WIN FOR HIS COUNTRY — OR WIN SUPPORT FOR HIS COUNTRY, ROUHANI UNVEILING A PLAN TO INVITE PERSIAN GULF NATIONS INTO A COALITION. AT THIS TIME THERE IS NO PLANNED MEETINGS BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ROUHANI. WITH IRAN’S ROUHANI COMING TO TOWN, THE STAGE IS SET FOR A POSSIBLE BETWEEN WORLD LEADERS. LET’S TURN TO STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MORGAN ORTAGUS. GREAT TO SEE YOU.>>THANKS, GREAT TO BE BACK. BEFORE WE GET TO THAT, “THE WASHINGTON POST” IS ON THE FRONT OF THE STORY SAYING PRESIDENT TRUMP IS HOLD ON MILITARY AID DAYS BEFORE CALLING THAT UKRAINIAN. OFFICIALS SAY, IT GOES ON TO SAY, ORDERING ACTING WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY TO HOLD BACK CLOSE TO $400 MILLION IN MILITARY AID FOR UKRAINE. IS THAT ACCURATE?>>WE WILL LET THE WHITE HOUSE SPEAK FOR THE PRESIDENT’S INTERACTIONS AND CONVERSATIONS. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE WITH SECRETARY POMPEO SET ON SUNDAY ON THE SUNDAY SHOWS, HE REITERATED THE FACT THAT IT IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS PROVIDED AID TO UKRAINE. MEANWHILE, DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THEY SENT BLANKETS AND GOOD WISHES. UKRAINE HAS BEEN FACING RUSSIAN AGGRESSION FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND IT’S THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THAT IS WORKING TO THOROUGHLY COUNTER THE RUSSIAN THREAT THAT THE UKRAINIAN SPACE.>>Mike: IRAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER RAISING THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEW NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, LET’S LISTEN.>>WE ARE PREPARED IF PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SERIOUS ABOUT PERMANENT PERMANENT — PERMANENT PEACEFUL NUCLEAR PROGRAMMING IRAN. AND PERMANENT MONITORING OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES.>>Mike: YOUR REACTION, MORGAN?>>LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FACT OF WHERE WE ARE. SECRETARY POMPEO HAS LAID OUT FOR THE PAST WEEK BEFORE HE WENT TO SAUDI ARABIA AND UAE, IRAN COMMITTED AN UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK AGAINST THEIR NEIGHBOR SAUDI ARABIA AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT SECRETARY POMPEO IS RIGHT. WE HAD MANY PEOPLE IN THE NEWS MEDIA — WE HAVE MANY FORMER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS, PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, THAT BELIEVED THE CLAIM OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE OBVIOUSLY LYING, THAT THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK. ANYBODY WHO HAS ACCESS TO GOOGLE MAPS COULD HAVE FIGURED IT OUT ON THEIR OWN, THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO DO SO. SO THE SECRETARY — SECRETARY POMPEO POINTED THIS OUT RIGHT AWAY. MANY PEOPLE RUSH TO LEAVE THE IRANIANS AS OPPOSED TO BELIEVING U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE AND FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL. IN THE IRANIANS HAVE REALLY BEEN PAINTING THEMSELVES INTO A CORNER HERE WITH THIS UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK ON THEIR NEIGHBORS. HOW THEY’VE DONE THAT IS WE SAW SOMETHING VERY SIGNIFICANT. WHAT WE CALL THE E3, U.K., GERMANY AND FRANCE, TODAY PUT OUT A STATEMENT THAT SAID THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY BELIEVE IRAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK IN SAUDI ARABIA AND WHAT’S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR THE PAST YEAR IN HIS ADMINISTRATION, SINCE SECRETARY POMPEO CAME TO THE OFFICE, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WHY THE JCPOA WAS NOT A GOOD DEAL AND IT’S NOT JUST BECAUSE IT DID ACTUALLY PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR THE IRANIANS TO GET A NUCLEAR WEAPON, BUT BECAUSE THE JCPOA DID NOT ADDRESS THE MALIGN ACTIVITY BY THE IRANIANS IN THE REGION AND THE JCPOA DID NOT ADDRESS THEIR BALLISTIC MISSILE ACTIVITY EITHER. SO THE E3, U.K., GERMANY AND FRANCE WERE VERY GRATEFUL, NOT ONLY SAID THAT IRAN WAS RESPONSIBLE, THEY SAID IN A NEW DEAL THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CONFRONT IRAN’S BEHAVIOR IN THE REGION. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT A LONGER-TERM NUCLEAR NEGOTIATION AND LOOK AT THEIR BALLISTIC MISSILE PRODUCTION. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE WANTED, OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES HAVE TO BE ON BOARD WITH US FOR QUITE SOME TIME. AND I KNOW SECRETARY POMPEO SAID EARLIER TONIGHT BUT HE ENCOURAGES NATIONS TO DO SO.>>Mike: HERE IS PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY ON POTENTIAL TALKS WITH IRAN.>>I DON’T THINK WE NEED A MEDIATOR. HE’S A FRIEND OF MINE, BUT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR ANY MEDIATORS. THEY KNOW WHO TO CALL.>>Mike: YOU EXPECT CONVERSATIONS ON THE SIDELINES UP THERE AT THE U.N.?>>THAT’S CERTAINLY UP TO THE PRESIDENT TO DECIDE. I WOULD REMIND YOU THAT FROM MINISTER ABE OF JAPAN ASKED IF HE COULD GO TO IRAN AND BEGIN TO NEGOTIATE BETWEEN THE TWO. AND WHILE THEY WERE THERE HOW DID THE IRANIANS RESPOND TO THE DIPLOMACY OF ABE? THEY ATTACKED A JAPANESE LECTURE. EVERY TIME WE SEEN IN THE ADMINISTRATION WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SECRETARY POMPEO HAVE EXTENDED THEIR HAND IN DIPLOMACY, IT IS MET WITH KINETIC ACTION. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN OFFERING FOR A LONG TIME, JUST SAW SECRETARY POMPEO AT THE WHITE HOUSE, SECRETARY MNUCHIN IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE SAYING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, SAYING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD BE WILLING TO MEET. HOW DID THE IRANIANS RESPOND TO THAT? THEY TOOK 60% OF THE OIL CAPACITY IN SAUDI ARABIA OFF THE MARKET. SO WE HAVE CALLED FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION. WE CALLED FOR DIPLOMACY, AND EVERY TIME WE ARE MET, AND OUR ALLIES ARE MET, WITH KINETIC ACTION BY IRAN.

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