Pompeo says he'd go to Iran if needed

27 Juillet, 2019, 01:28 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The United States has invited Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, South Korea and the United Kingdom, among others, to join an worldwide coalition to ensure security in the Strait of Hormuz, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in the wake of recent security incidents in the area. I would welcome the chance to speak directly to the Iranian people'. If that's the call, I'd happily go there.

The US was aware of reports of a projectile launched from Iran, a senior Trump administration official told Bloomberg News, declining further comment.

Iranians are "subjected to the most brutal form of "economic terrorism" - deliberately targeting innocent civilians to achieve illegitimate political objectives", said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

He dismissed the role his Iranian counterpart plays in setting the government's policy, which he said is driven by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Asked about North Korea's launch of what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles earlier that day, Pompeo said everyone tries to get ready for negotiations and create leverage. "He will be the ultimate decision-maker here".

President Donald Trump has said he's open to talks with Iran, saying the United States is ready to negotiate at any time for a new deal that would strengthen limits on Iran's nuclear programme and replace the multinational deal that President Barack Obama backed in 2015 and Trump abandoned a year ago.

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Iran has responded to stepped-up US economic sanctions with a variety of military moves, and the Shahab-3 missile test launch could be considered another signal from Tehran that it will not back down.

"We will deny Iran the wealth to foment terror around the world and build out their nuclear programme", he said.

Threats to navigation in the Gulf have become an worldwide issue in recent months as Iran has responded to increased U.S. economic sanctions that have strangled its oil exports.

The US State Department said it has no updates on the US-North Korean meetings.

Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz area escalated in June when several separate attacks involving oil tankers took place in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

The release left 21 other Indians in Iranian detention, including three from the MT Riah and 18 from the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker, which was also captured by Iranian forces on July 19.



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