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WorldPompeo on Iran: "President Trump does not want war"

20:40  18 june  2019
20:40  18 june  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to reporters after a closed meeting with Commander Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie and Special Forces Commander Lt. General Richard Clarke at CENTCOM headquarters in Tampa, Florida, to discuss regional security concerns and operations.

CENTCOM oversees military operations in the Middle East. Pompeo's remarks come after the Trump administration announced it was sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amid increased aggression from Iran, including potentially attacking tankers in the Persian Gulf.

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Pompeo says that President Trump does not want war in the Middle East (but it is definitely on the menu). At time of writing, the president has yet to comment on Iran ’s announcement. But this tweet about a month ago may give us some insight into what he’s thinking right now

Pompeo said that he, McKenzie and Clarke had spoken about military tactics, and the decision to send additional troops.

"This isn't just two and a half years or five years. This is 40 years of Iranian activity that has led to this point," Pompeo said about the pressure campaign the U.S. is undertaking against Iran.

"We are there to deter aggression. President Trump does not want war," Pompeo added.

He said that one of the purposes of his meeting in Tampa was to ensure that the State Department and CENTCOM were coordinated.

When asked what message he would send to service members in the Middle East, Pompeo said he would thank them and that "American is deeply appreciative."

Pompeo also briefly addressed President Trump's threat that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin deporting millions of illegal immigrants, saying that the U.S. needed to secure the border

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The US defence chief on Thursday pressed NATO allies to join Washington's efforts to squeeze Iran and ensure the safety of ships in the Gulf after a spate of attacks. As US-Iranian tensions soar, Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper asked NATO countries to support Washington by publicly condemning Iran and to consider creating a maritime coalition to protect freedom of navigation through the strategic waterway. After President Donald Trump said any conflict with Iran "wouldn't last very long", Esper stressed that the US wanted to avoid conflict and get back to the diplomatic track.

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