‘We’re working toward’ avoiding war with Iran: Pompeo
‘We’re working toward’ avoiding war with Iran: Pompeo ‘We’re working toward’ avoiding war with Iran: PompeoRising tensions between Iran and the US Administration is pointing the finger at a Ron holding it responsible for that attack on Saudi oil facilities. Last week, the Secretary of State calling it an act of War. President responses run the gamut swinging to talk of a peaceful resolution on Thursday and here’s what he said Friday in the Oval Office. I think it shows for more to do with the way we’re doing it, whether it’s now or in 3 weeks doesn’t make any difference. But I think the strong person’s approach and the the thing that does show strength would be showing a little bit of restraint. So far, the only concrete steps Trump has taken or to impose yet more sanction and deploy a modest number of troops and air defense systems to Saudi Arabia. So where do we go from here? Do Trump’s varied responses, I’m guessing or invite further escalation from a Ron for more on this, let’s bring in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcome back to this week, fonts to the attacks on the oil facilities that the US will be sending more air defenses to Saturday. President also announcing more sanctions. What kind of message does that send to a Ron and nation that you say conducted an act of War Arthur? We have 40 Years of Terror from this nation and they conducted an attack on the oilfields. One of the largest attacks on the global energy Supply in history, and so President Trump strategy that we laid out 2 years ago is working and I we are well on our way to forcing the Iranian regime to make the decision to become a normal Nation. That’S all we’ve ever asked it so present a couple decisions. On Friday. We tighten sanctions on the regime. What the Revolutionary War came in a difficult position. Uranian people applaud that they understand that their leaders are taking them in the direction. That is not good for their country and we then announced that we’re going to move some additional forces secondary talk about that. On Friday evening, I eat your brother’s name to deterrence. We do want a peaceful resolution of that. That’S our objective. We hope that the atom determines the work that we’ve done in the Strait of Hormuz to keep the Straits open, and now the additional air defense systems and capabilities that will put in the region cheap. Just that mister secretary has reportedly already have over a dozen Patriot missile batteries and get a swarm of explosive-laden Thrones and Christmases got through what does sending a few more air defenses over there? Do that those other and defenses did it’ll improve its it’s about volume and density Martha. You know this story well, it’ll improve the capabilities for that Morgan assess the emiratis as well. We’Re going to strengthen all the capabilities that it will. It will make it more difficult than diamond I’m glad you acknowledge. This was an Iranian attack with land attack cruise missiles and uavs that took place an act of War by a state. I’M here in New York will be at the UN. All we talking about that. We hope the United Nations will take a strong position. It was. It was designed exactly for this kind of thing. I’M country attacks, another country. We hope United Nations will rally around what it is. I know the Arabian people want a peaceful resolution and in a Rainier ashamed that is not engaged in over five countries in Terror and Mayhem. You say the plan is working, but the stated purpose of the maximum pressure campaign is to reduce Iran’s Moline activity and prevent them from getting nuclear weapons too. Tough economic sanctions – let me just go through this. Since you pulled out of the nuclear deal, there been attacks on oil tankers, shooting down a drone, the customer, the hundred million dollars the attack on the stabbing oilfield imposing such a threatening rock that we closed the Consulate in Basra and reduced our diplomatic by about 50 % and a run is now breaking the jcpoa limits on in Richmond and storage. So isn’t this campaign having the opposite effect? You hope for the wrong Point. Remember we took over when the previous administration and handed this regime this revolutionary 150 billion dollars they had I’ve, been created the wealth and resources for them to do that, and I think it’s not. President Trump made the correct decision. There were dozens of missile attacks into Saudi Arabia by a ranian. There were assassination campaigns conducted in Europe. This this regime, you you’re disputing the fact that they they bombed an oil-filled or the deposit consulate. We watched internal decision-making about whether they should arm their army or the Air Force they’re. Having to remember that, we’ve only had these tough thing she’s done since we’re at the start of the sanctions campaign, not the middle are there. Any economy will shrink by somewhere on the order of 10 to 15 % this year, and the regime knows their people won’t stand for this, that they know that their rating people understand that their adventurous and bringing back a dead Arabians from Syrian Barack is not going To sit well with your rent and people, that’s who we support and that’s our mission set. Let’S go to one of them to a roni and president Rouhani ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences, the likes of which few throughout history of ever separate before we are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence And death be cautious that was a year or Ron shot down that hundred and thirty million dollar drone in the consequences of bat, with at the US, reportedly launched a cyber-attack and play sanctions on the Ayatollah Senator Lindsey Graham said. He believes a Ron saw this as a sign of weakness. Why do you believe the US response now? Economic sanctions is sufficient to deter around in the future President Trump, and I both want to give diplomacy every opportunity 16, but I think the whole world knows that way when that fails. When is the case that we no longer believe that we can convince the Iranian regime to be a Haven, the way that we’ve asked them to be adjusted to behave like a normal Nation? I think the whole world knows, including the Iranian regime of American Military. Are you confident we can avoid war around, doesn’t seem confident or working towards that I’ve watched to watch their leadership talk about all out War up to talk about the destruction death of Israel, wiping the state remember around begin has any somatic any Western Eddy modern.. That’S the history of those Revere ma Martha. You know it well for 40 years our ministration taking the sun in a serious way, and we are working diligently to see that this has a diplomatic outcome, but make no mistake got it if we’re unsuccessful in that a neuron continues to strike out. That’S why I’m confident the President Trump will make the decisions necessary to achieve our objectives: phone call with a foreign leader to the Director of National Intelligence Inspector General? That’S where their complaint was launched by The Whistleblower. The Wall Street Journal is reporting a President Trump press. The president of Ukraine 8 times to work with Rudy. County to investigate Joe Biden son. What do you know about those conversations, so you just gave me a report about it. I see what’s a block of none, of which I’ve seen. I can tell you about this registrations policies with your crank. I remember the previous administration was begged begged by the Ukrainian people to deliver defensive arms, so they can protect themselves from Vladimir Putin in Russia and they gave him blankets. This Administration took seriously the responsibility Ukrainian people we’ve provided now on multiple occasions, resources so that the ukrainians can defend themselves. We worked on that. We at where working we’ll see present solinsky this week. We want a good relationship with you think we want them to have freedom Independence, but let me ask you this question: in presidential, read out of the conference conversation said they discussed quote investigation of corruption, cases which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA. The president tweeted Saturday, it was a perfectly fine and respectful conversation. Do you think it’s perfectly fine to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political opponent replied in the course of the conversation. I do think I do think. If ice President Biden behaved inappropriately, he was protecting his son and intervened with Ukrainian leadership in a way that was corrupt. I do think we need to get to the bottom of that Martha.. I hope that we will. I hope that if Vice President Biden engaged in behavior, that was inappropriate. I hope the American people will come to learn that America cannot have our elections interfered with and if, if that’s, what took place there, if there was that activity engagement by Vice President Biden, we need to know if the conversation was perfectly fine, as President Trump said. Why not release the transcript proportion to the public? Do you know Martha that we don’t release transcripts for offense that it’s the rare case? Those are private conversations between world leaders and it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so, except in in the most extreme circumstances. There’S there’s there’s no there’s no evidence that that would be appropriate here at this point so much for joining us this morning. 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