Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Brussels to meet with European foreign ministers Monday
The warning comes as President Trump seeks to cut off Iran’s oil exports
‘We are very worried about a conflict, about the risk of a conflict … of an escalation that is unintended,’ Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned of the threat of military conflict
The USS Abraham Lincoln is replacing another aircraft carrier rotated out of the Gulf last month
It is equipped with 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces
Said Pompeo: ‘In the event that Iran decided to come after an American interest – whether that be in Iraq or Afghanistan or Yemen or any place in the Middle East – we are prepared to respond in an appropriate way’
‘Our aim is not war,’ he said
By GEOFF EARLE
13 May 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met European leaders in Brussels Monday who warned of an increasing risk of a military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran.
The nation’s top diplomat took the surprise flight to Europe amid escalating military tensions, the arrival of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, new sanctions, and Iran’s statement that it will walk away from a 2015 nuclear deal.
‘We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really on either side,’ Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned.
‘Most of all, we need to make sure we don’t end up putting Iran back on the path to renuclearization. Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbors are likely to want to become nuclear powers. This is already the most unstable region in the world, and this would be a massive step in the wrong direction.’
Pompeo’s talks with European leaders gave them the opportunity to warn him of their own growing fears of a military conflict. They are seeking to preserve a nuclear deal between a group of European nations and Iran, which President Trump has pulled out of and repeatedly trashed.