US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said no war with Iran. “Our goal is not war, our firm goal is for the Iranian leadership to change their behavior,” Pompeo said on Saturday in an interview with CNBC. “Iran is the biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East, and we set ourselves the goal of putting that right.”
The relocation of military forces into the region has led Pompeo to face increased threat from Iran. The United States wanted to maximize its security while ensuring that there was sufficient deterrent potential on the ground. In the event that Iran attacks American targets in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen or any other place in the Middle East, the United States is prepared for an appropriate response.
The aim of the US government is to sit down and make sure that there is no way back for Iran to a nuclear weapon and that its missile program complies with UN resolutions. Moreover, “revolutionary efforts to control Arab capitals such as Damascus, Beirut or Sana’a are not adequate activity that destabilizes, and we ask them to adapt to the normal things that normal states do. No more”.
To disagree with the EU, Pompeo said, “When I talk to them, they understand the danger posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the nuclear agreement, they have taken a different path. “But if the United States talked about terrorist threat and destabilization, about risks emanating from Iranian allies like Hizbullah in Lebanon, the Houthi rebels in Yemen or Iranian controlled militias in Iraq, Europeans would understand American concerns.
Meanwhile, at a meeting with political activists, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani was relentless: “Surrender is incompatible with our mentality and religion, and we will not capitulate in this situation,” Rohani said Saturday night, according to the Web site of the Presidential Office in Tehran. Trump had suggested the Iranian leadership on Thursday to call him to speak directly about the conflict.
Trump said on Thursday to Tehran’s address, “What they should do is call me to sit down. We can make a deal, a fair deal. We just do not want them to have nuclear weapons. “According to media reports, Trump has also given the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents the diplomatic interests of the United States in Iran, a telephone number under which Rouhani can call him. This led to mocking reactions in social media, including the call: “Call me first”.