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USA: 'President Trump does not want war' with Iran says Pompeo

2 18.06.2019 Инфо

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M/S US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fixing microphone, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "President Trump had sent President Abe to take a message of his to the leadership in Iran, you have to remember these are messages for the leadership. I think the Iranian people have been woefully mis-served by that leadership but yes, we have been engaged in many messages, even this moment right here communicating to Iran that we are there to deter aggression. President Trump does not want war and we will continue to communicate that message while doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region."
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "We certainly as I said spoke about the challenges in Iran. We talked about the CENTCOM decision that Secretary Shanahan and the President approved to move a 1,000 more Americans into theatre to make sure we're in the position to do the right thing which is to continue to work to convince the Islamic Republic of Iran that we are serious and to deter them from further aggression in the region."
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "Since the beginning of May, there are now over half a dozen different instances of Iranian attacks in the region, some thwarted, some not successfully thwarted, actually they had an impact, but I saw just as I walked in here Chancellor Merkel say that she thought there was strong evidence that Iran had engaged in this activity. We continue to work with partners all around the world. It's worth reminding everyone here you have China that depends enormously on energy transiting the Strait of Hormuz, you have South Korea, Indonesia, Japan, all of whom have an enormous interest in ensuring there is freedom of navigation throughout this waterway. The United States is prepared to do its part but every nation that has a deep interest in protecting that shipping lane so that energy can move around the world and support their economies needs to make sure they understand the real threat, the real threat to their interest in the region and the real threat to their country's economies if we are not successful in doing that."
M/S Pompeo leaving
SCRIPT
Washington will retain its pressure campaign on Iran, all the while trying to stay clear from a military escalation with the Islamic Republic, according to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he spoke to reporters at United States Central Command (CENTCOM) headquarters in MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa on Tuesday.
"President Trump does not want war and we will continue to communicate that message while doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region," said Pompeo speaking against the backdrop of growing tensions with Tehran and fears of a military confrontation in the Middle East.
Pompeo once again addressed Washington’s decision to dispatch 1,000 troops to the Middle East, having discussed specifics in a closed meeting with CENTCOM Commander Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie and Special Forces Commander Lieutenant General Richard Clarke.
"We… continue to work to convince the Islamic Republic of Iran that we are serious and to deter them from further aggression in the region."
Pompeo also urged countries with deep interest in the safety and navigability of the Strait of Hormuz to join the US in standing up to Iran, as Washington has been blaming Tehran for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Sea of Oman.