IRAN: Pompeo tells UK to take care of its own ships!!!
US Secretary of State Pompeo on Iran’s Seizure of Oil Tanker: Up to UK to Take Care of its Ships
Unlike in previous incidents, Pompeo has been tight-lipped on the recent detention of a British tanker by Iran. One of the ideologues behind the US administration’s “maximum presure” on Iran has earlier blamed the Islamic Republic for attacking vessels in the region, despite Iran denying any involvement.
In a surprise move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has kept away from the ongoing diplomatic spat between London and Tehran, saying that it “falls to” the UK to protect its their ships in the Persian Gulf.
Speaking to Fox & Friends on Monday, Pompeo also highlighted that the United States does not want war with Iran.
The US top diplomat said on Saturday that Iran has to “make a decision that it wants to behave like a normal nation,” and expressed a desire to hold dialogue with the Islamic Republic if it bows to US demands for an array of sweeping concessions on the nuclear and missile programme.
His comments came after another escalation in the Iranian crisis. On Friday night, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps boarded and seized a British-registered tanker, which they say had breached maritime regulations.
The UK has condemned the move and reported Iran to the United Nations.
British officials have had a series of emergency meetings, where they discussed ways to protect vessels passing through the strategic chokepoint, as well as the possibility of sanctions against Iran.
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 22, 2019 at 08:43AM