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

14 May, 2019, 03:09 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing from London Stansted Airport north of London

It simply said talks would be held with officials from France, the United Kingdom and Germany - the three European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The US has continued to build pressure on Iran, with Pompeo accusing Tehran of planning "imminent" attacks.

"It's a accurate part", he added.

British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said the United Kingdom is anxious about the risk of conflict between Iran and the US. Pompeo also met with NATO Secretary General and EU Foreign Policy Chief Frederica Mogherini.

INSTEX, a tool for companies to do barter trade with Iran while avoiding USA sanctions, is struggling to get off the ground, diplomats say on condition of anonymity.

A senior Articulate Department decent would not say if the lengthy-awaited free up of that represent is why Pompeo is now ready to switch to Moscow.

Pompeo's last-minute decision to visit the EU capital, announced as he boarded a plane from the USA, set up a confrontation between the United States secretary and European diplomats who have been scrambling to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Asked if he himself believed there was the possibility of an Iranian role, Hook said: "Don't have any comment".

According to the agency, he has departed from Washington and is heading to Europe. It comes as the Europeans struggle to keep financial supply lines open to Iran to offset the impact of USA sanctions on the Islamic republic's shattered economy.

Pompeo makes surprise visit to Iraq
At the same time the U.S. also blacklisted Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps, designating it as a foreign terrorist group. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made an unscheduled, fleeting visit to Iraq, amid growing tensions with Iran.

Mogherini said the European Union continues to fully support the accord, which imposed limits on Iran's nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.

Despite deep rifts on many hotspots, the State Department official said that Russian Federation and the United States, if not seeing eye-to-eye, had developed "constructive" relationships on Afghanistan and North Korea. "Vladimir Putin can't possibly think that's a good thing for him".

"We agree on much more than we disagree ..."

"The secretary wanted to share some detail behind what we have been saying publicly".

Trump has equally been tiring to criticize Putin's authorities, from telling Fox News in his first Three hundred and sixty five days in place of job, "You watched our country's so innocent?" to denying Russian Federation is concerned with Venezuela last Friday.

The EU, which staunchly supports maintaining the deal even without American support, was quick to reject Iran's 60-day ultimatum, putting a major achievement of the Obama administration's efforts at limiting nuclear arms development at risk of implosion.

The meeting between Hunt, his counterparts from France and Germany, and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini comes as the Europeans struggle to keep financial supply lines open to Iran to offset the impact of US sanctions on the Islamic republic's shattered economy.

Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said Madrid was considering joining the special trade channel, known as INSTEX, which so far counts France, Germany and Britain as shareholders and could be operational by the end of June.



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