M/S UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arriving at gathering of EU foreign affairs ministers, Brussels
W/S Hunt entering building
SOT, Journalist: "In relation to the incidents with the Saudi tankers, are you worried that's going to lead to escalating tensions between the US and Iran? And if you get a chance to see Mike Pompeo today, what would you be saying to him on Iran?"
SOT, Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary: "Well, we had very good discussions with Mike Pompeo when he was in London last week. We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended really on either side, but ends with some kind of conflict. And so we'll be sharing those concerns with my European counterparts, with Mike Pompeo. And I think what we need is a period of calm to make sure that everyone understands what the other side is thinking and most of all we need to make sure that we don't end up putting Iran back on the path to re-nuclearisation because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbours are likely to want to become nuclear powers. This is already the most unstable region in the world and this would be a massive step in the wrong direction."
SOT, Journalist: "So just to be clear you are actually concerned about the potential for conflict between Iran and the US?"
SOT, Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary: "I think there is a real concern that escalation that is unintended could end up with a much more serious situation that we're fearing, yes."
SOT, Journalist: “Today, Sir Keir Starmer is demanding a second referendum for the price of a Brexit deal. Is the government going to budge?”
SOT, Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary: "We are talking to the Labour leadership. We've had very very detailed discussions. People have been pessimistic right from the outset that these discussions weren't going to go anywhere but they have actually continued. So we have to see what happens this week. This is a crunch week."
SOT, Journalist: “But any possibility of a second referendum?”
SOT, Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary: "I think from the conservative point of view we've always said that we think that that would be a betrayal of what people voted for and we want to implement the first referendum. But let's see where these talks go to."
SOT, Didier Reynders, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister (French): "We are trying to see is how to continue to implement the agreement that has been concluded on nuclear power on one hand that aims to ban the development of nuclear weapons in Iran but also aims to bring Iran back into international trade. Obviously the American sanctions are a real problem - we know it for many companies. And if Iran also begins not to fully implement the agreement it will become very complicated for Europeans to continue in the same direction. I hope that in contacts especially with US Secretary of State Pompeo there will be an ability to find a way. But the situation is very complicated both in terms of the decisions made in the United States on sanctions and now the decisions that Iran seems to want to take in the way of slowing the implementation of the agreement."
SOT, Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations: "Well, we have the opportunity today to see today Pompeo, of course the main topic is Iran but there might also be opportunities to address this issue but I am still clear, convinced that the US had the opportunity only two weeks ago to have talks in Washington [inaudible]. I think they are very much determined, but for the time being the political landscape in Ukraine is in permanent change and one has to see how the situation looks like after the elections. But as a European I have to say I cannot waste time. We have to deal with them, we have to work with them. This is one of our key neighbours so we cannot let them go, if you like, and we have to engage with them."
SOT, Karin Kneissl, Austrian Foreign Minister: "I don't see today any kind of changes happen because the main source of checking remains the International Atomic Energy Agency. She is the guardian of the JCPOA, as I often call the organisation and according to the findings of the Inspector dispatched by the International Atomic Energy Agency we should act and not on the basis of rumours."
W/S Europa building
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned of "the risk of a conflict happening by accident" between the United States and Iran, while arriving at a gathering of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.
"I think there is a real concern that escalation that is unintended could end up with a much more serious situation that we're fearing," said Hunt when asked about the potential for conflict between Washington and Tehran.
Hunt's remarks came amid the US deploying B-52 bombers, the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and associated vessels to the Persian Gulf over the weekend to counter unspecified threats from Iran.
On Wednesday, Iran announced a partial withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
The announcement came on the anniversary of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the deal.
В любими на 0 потребителя · Гледания от други сайтове:
Графиката се генерира моля проверете след няколко секунди.