US Fundamentally Does Not Seek War With Iran - Pompeo


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this on Tuesday in a conversation with hiss Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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Lavrov and Pompeo are likely to talk about arms control after the US pulled out of the INF, a key post-Cold War security treaty, and indicated its interests in a new agreement that also includes China. There is a growing list of issues dividing the two countries - Russia's interference in the 2016 elections, Syria, Venezuela and, with tensions now growing in the Persian Gulf, Iran.

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"We highlighted that the leadership of DPRK expects certain guarantees of security of their country reciprocated by denuclearization", Lavrov said of his talks with Pompeo, echoing the main focus of President Vladimir Putin's remarks after his summit with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un last month.

He voiced concern that a U.S. -Iran confrontation could turn into an Iraq-like situation, referring to the 2003 U.S. invasion, adding that no one wants such a scenario.

Pompeo is expected to meet later with President Vladimir Putin, who had a tour of a military facility on his calendar for a second day in a row.

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Pompeo said that improved ties "will be good not only for our two countries but for the whole world as well".

"On Venezuela, we have disagreement", Pompeo said. "But we've also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion". And he did say that the US does not want to have war.

Pompeo cancelled a stop in Moscow Monday to instead have an unscheduled meeting in Brussels with European foreign ministers, who have been uncomfortable with the hawkish direction of the United States on Iran. "Iran might take retaliatory steps [over the United States leaving the JCPOA], and say that it's leaving something, but tomorrow everyone will forget it was triggered by the U.S. and all the blame will be put on Iran".

Reports, meanwhile, keep flooding in that Spain's Defence Minister Margarita Robles has ordered the "temporary measure of withdrawal of the frigate Méndez Núñez (F-104) from the combat group of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln while it is in the Middle East".

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that despite that the United States side displaying a constructive approach during the meeting, there was no breakthrough.

"We spent a fair amount of time thinking about North Korea, how we might unlock the denuclearization", Pompeo said according to a readout from the State Department, adding he believes Putin "understands that the going to be in the lead" in the process.