US does ‘not seek a war with Iran’: Pompeo

Posted In: News Date:May 15th, 2019

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday said his country is not seeking war with Iran, despite a spike in tensions that has seen the Pentagon dispatch nuclear-capable bombers to the region.

Pompeo’s comments came during his first official visit to Russia, a key backer of Tehran which has blamed the current crisis on Washington’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

“We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran,” Pompeo said in a joint press conference following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

But he added: “We have also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion.”

“We are looking for Iran to behave like a normal country,” Pompeo said, pointing in part to Tehran’s backing of Huthi rebels in Yemen who are under attack from US ally Saudi Arabia.


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