Pompeo allows sanctions exception for Iran port development

The top U.S. diplomat has granted an exception to certain U.S. sanctions that will allow the India-led development of a port in Iran as part of a new transportation corridor designed to boost Afghanistan's economy, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday. The exception granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo criticizes EU plan for special Iran payment channel

The European Union's plans for a "special purpose vehicle" (SPV) designed to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran's oil exports is deeply counterproductive, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, just last night I was disturbed and indeed deeply disappointed to hear remaining parties in the Iran (nuclear) deal

Iran top aide dismisses U.S. meeting offer as “Trump’s dream”

LONDON (Reuters) - The top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader on Tuesday rejected a U.S. offer for top-level meetings, as both countries' presidents were due to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards also kept up the anti-U.S. rhetoric in the build up to the U.N.

Turkey’s lira firms after Pompeo says he expects talks on U.S. pastor

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's lira firmed more than 3 percent on Monday after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expected discussions with Turkish officials this week over the fate of a U.S. pastor whose trial has strained relations. The lira has tumbled 40 percent against the dollar this year,