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tv   Heather Nauert Briefs Reporters on Irans Compliance with Nuclear Deal  CSPAN  July 18, 2017 7:17pm-7:55pm EDT

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you. but number two, i'm here to cheer on to defend john mccain or donald trump. en you criticize media behavior, it doesn't mean i support. i can see those as separate things. and read as must not like x or y because you said this. and has nothing to do with that and fair and accurate media overage and i have spoken out. book00 eastern on c-span's tv. >> today's state department briefing regarding the sanctions. iran was in compliance with the joint and iran was not living up
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o the spirit of that agreement the briefing is 40 minutes. >> we have some very special guests and joining us from iraq. ladies and gentlemen, sitting in the back of the room they work for the iraqi government and been visiting the united states learning more about journalism andthe work of spokesperson that is what they do.
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12 of you aren't here. we like to thank you for coming to the united states and made a long trip after a very difficult time and a very hard fought battle in mosul. as part of their trip here, i want to mention they were at the meeting that took place at the state department meeting last week. ur iraqi friends towered the activity center at forth meade and did some press along the way and pepper them with questions. but i ask you to be nice to our guests. and the coalition spokesperson and our iraqi friends after that mosul victory. second thing, i know a lot of you have asked questions about middle east peace and the
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coordination with the white house specifically the president's special representative, jason green blatte and mr. curb mere. we sat down with the team and learned a little bit more of what they are doing from or point of view and their point of view and thank them. he provided us with a short readout on the meeting he held in israel. let me go over that. mr. greenb lmp arch tmp te advanced the peace deal. i don't have any additional travels but he plans to provide regular visits to the region and coordinate with the department of state and national security council. at the conclusion of the visit, it could insided with the attacks that left two israeli
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police officers one dead and one woundp and that dominated the news. and remind us all that more so that there is a need for peace. we can't let the actions of israelis and palestinians to secure a more prosperous future. they reached important agreements on water and electricity that will make the lives of those people better. we urge the parties to under take an environment to advance eace and rangements can be made. d we'll keep you apprised of future progress. and finally a third thing i would like to bring to your attention, you may have seen calls ok place and and
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for the immediate release and amnesty director in turkey and several foreign analysis. there is little transparency undermines rule of law and respect individual rights. we urge them to release those who have been detained and remove the provisions that allow prosecution of individuals. e will continue to that. we'll take your questions. reporter: i want to start with iran. can you put this into very plain english, does the administration believe yes or no that iran is complying with the terms of the agreement? >> we have the notes up to congress certifying that iran is
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in compliance. however the united states believes it is in violation of the spirit of the law. with regard to to important part of it and part of what the agreement says is that it is supposed to contributor international pace a and security and some of the actions that the iranian government undermines that stated goal. iran remains and we all know this one of the greatest threats to the united states and a whole list of things we can go over here. their full range of activities extend far beyond the nuclear hreat.
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these are no surprise and this is something that this administration wants iran to get adhere to the spirit of that agreement. reporter: when you said, i want clarify, the spirit for violating the spirit of the law. and this is not related to that, but it's iran, any update on the chinese-american -- >> we are aware of the report that the has been detained in iran and we can't get into the
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specific details of that case.
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>> specifically mentioned mr. eng and said all of the u.s. citizens who are detained wrongfully detained in iran. how many other citizens are detained? >> i can't. the united states caution ons. there are certain nations where if an individual is a dual
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nationality, that iran does not, does not acknowledge that and accept that someone is a dual national. we caution people to avoid that country and for the obvious reasons. reporter: why wouldn't you give a number and i understand you can't give names. more than a dozen? >> i wouldn't give an estimate at all. if i have something specific for you, i will.
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reporter: last time the secretary signed a round of sanction waivers said they were beginning a 90-day review of all-around policies. that would be ending today. >> the overall review like we have reviews on pakistan, and that is taking place. and we believe that while iran is in compliance with the agreement, there are still a lot of things that iran is doing that is troubling to this administration and we are going to push on the iranian regime to stop its destable lidsing
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activities. reporter: when the secretary signed the certification last time, he also said -- he criticized the deal saying it kicked the can down the road. is that the position of the administration that iran should never be allowed to have any nuclear energy whatsoever? >> they are different matters. i'm not an expert in that area in particular, but they are separate matters. reporter: you would accept -- >> i'm not going to get ahead of the policy review that people at the white house. i don't want to get ahead of that. anything else on iran. reporter: when it comes to the european partners, the administration was talking about how it wanted to get stronger
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enforcement and an addendum to the current agreement when it came to some of the sunsets. does the administration have willing partners in europe. the administration and secretary gotten pushback in? >> some would think that our european allies and our partners and friend would only be interested in adhering to the agreement. that's not our experience. they are concerned about the destabilizing activities that iran is in. this does not affect the united states and united states' interests. reporter: willingness? >> i know we have those conversations and the conversations are ongoing. reporter: the president was considering not certifying this. and he met with the secretary --
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>> there were meetings at the white house yesterday and the meetings took place for a period of time and the secretary and the president had conversations the e ended up spending up hill. reporter: did secretary tillerson spoke to the president? >> they had a series of conversations. reporter: did he make that argument? was that part of what he wanted to do? >> i think the secretary and president are in line with one another. anything else on iran? we're done with iran. middle east peace. let's see what we can do to solve it. >> is this the first time? >> i know other people from the state department have had a series of discussions with him.
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he has been in meetings in israel with our ambassador there . there are a whole lot of those conversations taking place. it was my first place to go over there and hear first happened. reporter: would you like to see it -- >> the state department has been more active. we have been accompanying plrm kushner and nd mr. they like to work with us and we would like to work them. and we went over to say-. reporter: the israeli prime minister told the french president that he is skeptical about the trump administration, do you have any comment on that? >> i'm not aware of the prime
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minimums fer's comments. this is the first time. we have a very good he relationship with prime minister netanyahu and this administration has talked about promoting peace between the israelis and the palestinians. reporter: this is a flash point, very volatile situation. are you calling on the israelis to stand down on the measures they have taken? >> i think first what i would want to say is the white house should a statement on that very matter that you are addressing and we continue to condemn terror attacks other individuals. that occurred on friday. t occurred at the end of mr. greenblatte' meetings.
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and that is something that we believe very strongly and we would urge all side to take steps to reduce tensions. we support the maintenance of the status quo and expect both side to fulfill their commitments. reporter: [inaudibley and are promoting peace that is something that is one of the top issues for this administration and we'll continue to talk about that. and things like this, it has the ability to de-escalate or has e ability to put things on a bad path. go ahead. reporter: do you support the maintenance of the stalt tuesday
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", has it been maintained or the israelis putting up metal detectors changed this >> we have been clear with the israelis and i don't want to get into possible diplomatic conversations. reporter: is the status quo being maintained? >> the israeli government has maintained we are maintaining the status quo. reporter: are they? can you say that the status quo is being maintained, because the jordanians are very concerned. can you give an answer? >> i'm not aware of them speaking about this. and if i have anything for for you. reporter: did you get an answer
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whether this administration draws a zwans between east jurem as opposed to west bank. do you consider? >> i'm not sure that i do. let me look into that. [inaudible] >> i do not. thank you. inaudible]
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>> partnered with the united states and that continues to be the case nfment terms of the proposal thaw just mentioned, i have to refer you back to the republic of korea. we share the very same goal and that is a denuke larized north korea. and we are concerned about the launching of the intersnenl missile and we want to see it. >> and on the issue, regarding -- renegotiations indiscernible]
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reporter: why hasn't the secretary commented. and any reason why? >> so first legality me say, we are aware of those comments that were made. those comments on the part of the president were very concerning and upsetting to us. the united states and we here at the state department have spoken a lot about concerns about the eatment of lgblt people in
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chechnya. d -- i'm not going to repeat some of the things he said because it is horrific. we called on russia to have an investigation and human rights is something that is very important to us. we continue to speak about that and part of my job is speaking on behalf of secretary tillerson and that is something that is ery important to us.
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and talked about this. the conversation we put out a readout is one we consider and it was a foveringt right and deliberate conversation that had concern and our commitment to a resolution. othing is nt coming. reporter: are you calling the pluff and threatening to do the same to the u.s.? >> it's a hypothetical. i know they have threatened a lot of things and i'm not going to get into the various threats. >> reporter: how would you characterize the secretary. he is open to giving them the
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property? >> one of the priorities here or the priority here is to get the united states and russia to a place where they could have a good relationship and work on areas of areas that are mutually important. one of them is syria in that particular area and where there has been the ceasefire, that is an area of cooperation. these conversations between them will continue. we have a lot of stuff to talk about. >> did the u.s. present conditions? >> i can't get into all the details about what went on, but i can say we are continuing those conversations. >> is the secretary opened to
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giving them in >> i don't know. there are a lot of meetings. >> lawmakers are saying that the administration should not turn these properties at least until the investigation into the meddling in the presidential election is completed. some members of congress are calling for more measures. is that advice that you guys are willing to take on or do you see there is a possibility of this specific issue of two properties being returned? >> i'm not aware of any specific time line. i know members of congress have sent letters to the secretary and so, we will look at them and that's between the secretary and
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members of copping. >> you don't know if he has a position if that's the same as those members of congress. you don't know if he is saying, a resolution will involve the ussians getting back the properties? >> we have hundreds of member of congress >> >> i don't know they are saying give it back. >> they have difference members. >> forget about the opinion, how about the question then december the secretary think it with be inappropriate to return these two properties before the investigation into the election? >> that's something that is in part taking place on capitol hill. the secretary is stepping back and looking at the issue. one of the issues, we need to get our relationship on a better
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point. reporter: have the russians asked to take a look at their properties? >> they want to get outside, outside of d.c. and new york. porter: have they asked to inspect these properties? >> they made an argument made days ago. they laid out this argument. so by not going back to that argument, are you saying -- >> i think our goal, diplomatic conversations can be sensitive matters and i'm not able to give you all the details and information thaw want. we want to preserve the ability to go back and speak with the russians and do what we need to do to death our relationship on
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a better track and part of that means trying to smooth out the differences in terms of the irtants we have with other nations. reporter: is the secretary in agreement -- >> i think i have covered it. ok. ok.
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>> any new problems. why is it necessary to communicate? >> let me aps your first question first. i'm not good with five-part questions. i know that under secretary looks forward to speaking with
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his counterparts on possible areas. i don't have any specific meetings or dates to announce but that is one area they could come up with additional talks. -- ter: was the strategic >> i would give you the same answer. i don't have any specific meetings or dates to provide ou, but we are going to vr conversations. that i can't comment on. eporter: >> tell me your name again. reporter: u.s. commission indiased their concern in and especially about minorities and -- indiscernible]
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>> i'm not aware of the specific subject that you are bringing out, people getting in trouble for eating beef. let me look into it. that doesn't mean that i see everything that comes into our press team. last question. eporter: [indiscernible] >> i haven't had that conversation with the people who with the people here intermly and i'm aware and aware of the case and i will bring it to you. ok. k.
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[indiscernible] >> does the u.s. have any conditions? >> i think i covered this. we talked a lot about that. and a lot of people. i will leave it at that. k. >> how many folks do we have from the russian media? one, two, three. >> freedom of the press. it's a good thing, isn't it. good thing. > my question is about syria there was a confirmation that the united states may halt talks
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-- >> say that again. >> russia and the united states y halt talks on the second keyes fire agreements. can you provide details? >> i cannot confirm that is a discussion under way. one of the priorities for the u.s. government in addition to coalition partners is trying to obtain cease fires and tying to get statistic bill in the region where we think that can take hold. part of the reason is we want to get humanitarian assistance.
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> you're from india? [indiscernible] >> they were prevented from entry by the saudi coalition. >> who was bringing journalists? has e journalists and u.s. policy of denying access to troubled areas. >> certainly as a general matter, not. the united states is incredibly open to the mide yeah. we had media in bed with our you s forcees.
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and i don't know if u.s. reporters are going into yemen, that would be the government of yes, ma'amen's decision. i'm not aware of that. that.t want to talk about i don't have all the details. reporter: general situation in disease. t relates to great here was quite a amount of money and that has ours. major concern of but there are far too many deaths. one of the problems in a country like yemen, where they don't have food, but rather because so much of that food and i had aid is prevented to getting those people.
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one of the things we do is we try to push for greater access be able to get the yemeni people the food and supplies they need and that would include clean water. but i can get you the latest numbers. last question. reporter: [inaudible] china yesterday diplomats about the border conditions with indian and the u.s. diplomats. what did they share with you that you can say or what is the u.s. position now on the situation on the border between independent yeah and china?
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>> i thank you for your question. i know that the united states is concerned about the ongoing situation there. i know we believe that both parties, both sides should work together to try to come up with some better arrangement. we have to go guys. pleas welcome our iraqi friends. ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming to the united states. hanks everybody. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] nick nick >> press tv as iran news language channel the u.s. will impose new economic sanctions. here's a look.

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