MODERATOR: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State's Dubai Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome our callers who have dialed in from across the region. Today we are joined by the U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, Mr. Brian Hook.
MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Foreign Press Center. We are pleased to have with us this morning Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin. They’ll both have some opening remarks and then hopefully we’ll have time for one or two questions afterwards.
Iran cannot be trusted to have vital constraints on its nuclear program lifted. The United States is committed to ensuring that Iran never comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.
Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 5-6 and Manama, Bahrain November 7-8.
We welcome the news that the UN is finally able to begin delivering aid to the Rukban encampment from Damascus. This delivery comes after months of pressure from the United States, the UN, the UN Security Council, and wider international community for the Syrian regime to allow the UN to deliver critically-needed assistance to the displaced persons at Rukban.
MR HOOK: I’m happy to take questions. And you’ve heard the Secretary talk. I just (inaudible).
Today, we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
The Department of State condemns today’s deadly attack on a bus heading towards a Coptic Christian monastery in Upper Egypt.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale met Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal at the State Department today to discuss the U.S-Turkish bilateral relationship and regional affairs.
REIMPOSING ALL SANCTIONS: President Donald J. Trump is reimposing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, targeting many of the corrupt regime’s critical sectors.