US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo says the country is not after military confrontation with Iran, a statement running counter to Washington’s military buildup in the Persian Gulf.
“We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran,” Pompeo said in Sochi during his visit to Russia on Tuesday.
The former CIA chief further repeated Washington’s threats against Tehran, claiming that, “We have also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion… We are looking for Iran to behave like a normal country.”
This is while the Iranian envoy to the United Nations has dismissed the US military buildup near Iran as mere “psychological warfare.”
“We are not in the business of trying to create a conflict in our neighborhood because nobody is going to have benefit from such a conflict in our region, except for a few, as I explained earlier, some people in Washington and some countries in our neighborhood,” Majid Takht-e Ravanchi told CNN on Tuesday.
He was pointing at war mongering by the Israeli regime and its Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia in the Middle East.