"We Fundamentally Don't Seek War With Iran", Says US State Secretary

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2019

"We fundamentally don't seek war with Iran", Pompeo said during the visit, according to the Associated Press.

The US has recently ramped up the pressure, deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and nuclear-capable bombers to counter vaguely described threats from Iran.

On Monday US President Donald Trump warned that Iran would "suffer greatly" were it to "do anything", after US intelligence suggested Tehran was planning to attack US interests in the region.

Huthi rebels "are launching missiles into areas where there are Russians and Americans travelling".

"As soon as Iran takes its first reciprocal steps and says that it is leaving, everyone will forget by tomorrow that the U.S. was the initiator of this collapse, Iran will be held responsible, and the global public opinion will be intentionally changed in this direction", Putin said.

Pompeo said that he and Putin agreed on ways to move ahead with a long-delayed Syrian-led committee that will rewrite the constitution in hopes of a political end to the conflict. Since then it has slapped sweeping sanctions on Iran.

Pompeo - who like most of the USA political class, with the major exception of President Donald Trump, has been outspoken in his criticism of Putin - said that the two countries found areas on which to cooperate, and voiced optimism in breaking a deadlock on Syria.

"It's clear that such insinuations are absolute fiction", he said after the talks with his U.S. counterpart.

Pompeo and Lavrov held three hours of talks earlier in the day.

"I'm not sure we have all the capacity of that, but I think we now have a common understanding of the places where we were hung up, which I think we can work our way through", Pompeo said after the talks at Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi. Still, his claim of vindication covered only allegations that Russian Federation and the Trump campaign colluded to hurt Hillary Clinton's candidacy. Pompeo arrived in Russian Federation for talks that are expected to focus on an array of issues including arms control and Iran.

Lavrov defended Russia's position and said the threats Maduro's government is receiving from USA administration officials coupled with Guaido's seeming support for a foreign military intervention, "bear no relation to democracy".

The exchange follows the publication of the Mueller report, which found that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 United States election but did not conclude that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

"The Trump Administration has been clear - we do not recognize Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea".

Lavrov mockingly said that the United States had also promoted democracy in war-torn Iraq and Libya and called for dialogue with Maduro - an option rejected by Washington.

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