Britain warns of Iran-U.S. conflict, EU to meet Pompeo

Mike Pompeo and Vladimir Putin

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo skipped a Monday trip to Moscow to discuss unspecified threats emanating from Iran with European allies, according to the State Department.

But he will still head to the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday to meet President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the official added just before Pompeo left Washington. Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbours are likely to want to become nuclear powers.

"We are very anxious 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", British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told reporters in Brussels.

For Pompeo, "it's incredibly hard because the interlocutors on the other side don't know who speaks for the United States", Katz said.

Tensions mounted last week, when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave the remaining signatories 60 days to come up with a plan to shield his country from sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump after the U.S. withdrew from the deal.

Pompeo's communication team gave no major details regarding his Monday agenda in Brussels but said that the U.S secretary would meet with representatives of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the three major European Union signatories of the deal.

The nuclear deal was a diplomatic masterpiece orchestrated by Germany, France, the UK, Russia, China, the United States under former President Barack Obama's leadership and Iran.

Asked if Pompeo was blaming Iran for the attacks, Hook said: "We discussed ... what seemed to be attacks on commercial vessels that were anchored off Fujairah ... we have been requested by the UAE to provide assistance in the investigation, which we are very glad to do".

Iran says the strategy amounts to "psychological warfare" and a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander on Sunday said Iran would retaliate against any aggressive US moves.

"Where we have concerns, we're going to raise them directly, narrow those differences, and find areas where we can cooperate to protect and advance our interests", the official said, speaking anonymously to brief reporters on behalf of the department.

The top diplomats of Britain, France and Germany agreed to meet one-on-one with Pompeo but would not allow the Americans the symbolic victory of a group meeting.

Washington also stopped issuing waivers to buy Iranian crude oil on May 2.

Nonetheless the opposite issues will be hard, on condition that Russian interference in Ukraine and Syria has induced and perpetuated those wars, respectively, and that Russian violations of fingers adjust pacts own the Intermediate-Differ Nuclear Forces Treaty bear in mind pushed the U.S.to withdraw from the INF Treaty and presumably others, primarily based mostly on USA officials.

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