The US forms a coalition to contain Iran
US forms coalition to contain Iran
Pompeo named the plan &# 171; act of diplomacy&# 187; highlighting that Washington is committed to a peaceful solution
The United States says it is forming a coalition to contain threats from Iran amid the recent attack on Saudi oil facilities.
According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump, who ordered tougher sanctions on Iran, wants to resolve the crisis peacefully..
Pompeo spoke after talks with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which focused on the strikes on the refinery. Both Washington and Riyadh blame Tehran.
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Iran has denied involvement in the attack, which initially disabled half of Saudi’s oil production facilities. Pompeo previously called the strike “an act of war” against the world’s largest oil exporter.
However, his rhetoric softened somewhat after negotiations with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the de facto leader of the UAE, Riyadh’s closest ally in the Arab world..
“We are here to form a coalition aimed at achieving peace and a peaceful solution. This is my mission. This is what President Trump wants me to aim for. And I hope the Islamic Republic of Iran looks at it the same way, ”Pompeo told reporters.
He did not provide any details about the coalition..
Washington has been working to build an international maritime alliance since attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, which the US also blames Iran for.
The intention to enter the coalition was expressed by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and Bahrain. Iraq said it will not participate, and most European countries are afraid to join the coalition for fear of escalating tensions in the region.
Pompeo called the proposed coalition an “act of diplomacy” while Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN on Thursday that Iran “will not hesitate a second” if it has to defend itself against a US or Saudi strike that, according to him, would lead to a “full-scale war”.
Pompeo said that attacks on refineries will be one of the main topics of the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, and invited Riyadh to present its arguments on this platform..
The United States issued visas to Rouhani and Zarifa allowing them to travel to New York for the General Assembly, Iranian Mission Representative to the UN confirmed Alireza Miryusefi.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that Zarif will fly to New York on Friday..
Meanwhile, officials said the Pentagon will present Trump with a wide range of military options on Friday, while the president ponders a response to the refinery strikes..
It is reported that, among other things, the president will be offered a list of possible targets for air strikes in Iran. He will also be warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could lead to war..
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