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Pompeo: We seek to overcome tensions with Iran through diplomacy

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is seeking to overcome acute tension in relations with Iran through diplomacy.

“(President Donald) Trump announced that he would be happy to meet the Iranian leadership,” Pompeo said in a speech Friday at the University of Kansas. “Said’s speech could represent a certain degree of exaggeration, but he is certainly ready to meet with them, because we are ultimately seeking This issue is resolved through diplomacy. ”

“The revolutionary regime in Iran is a pivotal problem in the destabilizing Middle East,” Pompeo said, adding that Iran’s actions have caused “the difficulties Iraq faces in supporting its sovereignty” as well as “security problems in northern Israel.” The Islamic Republic supports the authority of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Houthi Ansar Allah group in Yemen.

The US Secretary of State said: “Our task is to create conditions in which their behavior will change (the Iranian authorities).”

Tensions between the United States and Iran have been rising rapidly since May 8, 2018, when the US president announced his country’s withdrawal from the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and imposing painful sanctions on the Islamic Republic in various sectors, including oil, where Washington accuses Tehran of supporting terrorism and interfering in the affairs of other countries.

Over the past months, the United States deployed additional forces in the Gulf region to prevent what it called Iranian threats in conjunction with the military tone of the two sides, the escalation peaked on June 20, when Tehran said it had shot down a US drone after penetrating Iranian airspace, while Washington insisted But the drone was flying over international waters.

At the conclusion of the G7 summit in France on August 26, Trump, commenting on a proposal from his French counterpart, to Emmanuel Macron, expressed his readiness to hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, saying that such a meeting within weeks is possible.

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