1. Wide, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin approaches microphones
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary:
"(Reporter: How serious is this 15 billion dollar bailout, or credit idea, for war Iran. Are any of the sanctions about to go or are we seeing a sea change?)
Absolutely not. We've had direct conversations with President Macron and Bruno Le Maire, the finance minister, and they absolutely understand they would need waivers from the U.S. to do that and that is not something we're contemplating at the moment.
(Reporter: Sea change, is there a sea change with Bolton gone?)
No sea change. I've been perfectly clear Secretary Pompeo and I have been executing the president's maximum pressure campaign. President Trump has said he would sit down with (Iranian President) Rouhani with no conditions. That's not planned. That's not planned at the moment."
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says President Donald Trump has no plans to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while he's in New York for the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
Mnuchin said Thursday that such a meeting is "not planned at the moment," even though Trump has made clear "he would sit down with Rouhani with no condition" to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
Mnuchin also insists that the recent departure of former national security adviser John Bolton will not dramatically change the Trump administration's posture on Iran. He says he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "have been executing the president's maximum pressure campaign" so there's no "sea change."
Bolton was a hardliner on Iran who was skeptical of engagement.