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After Threats And Assertions, Washington Does Not Want War With Iran

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Mike Pompeo delivers public statements in Washington

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denounced the recent attacks on the Saudi Arabian oil reserves as ‘an act of war’ by Iran against its closest ally and economic partner Saudi Arabia.

But in his current visit to the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, he is wording himself with caution.

Retracted Statement?

According to Pompeo’s public statements now, Washington does not see the need to be ready for war with Iran. Pompeo has communicated a ‘tweaked’ emotion of Trump, at his recent visit to Abu Dhabi. He is visiting to assess the situation and show solidarity with the Kingdom.

But for Iran, which has shown that it functions and acts at will, the statement has been enough to respond back by saying that, “any attack on our country, over allegations that are baseless, will be met with a reaction.”

Speaking to the media, Pompeo has said, “We are still striving to build out a coalition in an act of diplomacy while the foreign minister of Iran is threatening all-out war and to fight to the last American, were here to build up a coalition aimed at achieving peace.”

Confused Messaging

Trump’s social media messages in the last few days have been contradictory. At one place he did say that America was “ready and loaded” and recent messages are expressing his intention of looking for more peaceful ways to avert an eminent war, an asserting which has now been made by Iran.

In his recent interactions with the media, he said, “There are many options. There’s the ultimate option and there are options that are a lot less than that. And we’ll see.”  Undeniably, Trump is taking a more cautious stand after Pompeo declared the drone attacks as an “act of war” against the Kingdom prompting others to react to his thought.

On its part, France is more interested in salvaging the Nuclear Deal and is not jumping to conclusions. Its media message is that it “wants to establish the facts before reacting.” So, U.S. might actually just be setting the ground to garner more world support against Iran and may not act violently at all. It is confirmed that the White House administration has been pushing to bring about a U.N. Security Council response. But that is looking unlikely, as Russia and China have veto powers and will prefer to shield Iran. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has offered to sell defense systems to Riyadh, called for a “thorough and impartial” probe during a phone call with Prince Mohammed.

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