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Pompeo defends US “diplomacy” against Zarif’s “threats”

September 19, 2019

DUBAI, Sep 19 (Reuters / EP) –

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has said that the Trump administration is trying to form a “coalition” to bet on “diplomacy” after attacks on two Saudi oil facilities, as opposed to “threats” of the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif.

Both the United States and Saudi Arabia have pointed to Iran as responsible for the recent attack on two refineries, and even the Saudi authorities showed Wednesday the remains of the missiles and drones that were supposed to support this theory.

“We are trying to form a coalition in an act of diplomacy, while Iran's Foreign Minister threatens a total war and struggles with the last American,” Pompeo said, in statements to the media after meeting with the Crown Prince from Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Bin Salman.

Pompeo, like Trump did, has confirmed the future approval of more sanctions against Iran, a country he has also accused of having relations with other groups in the region such as the Lebanese Hezbollah party-militia.

Zarif has spoken on the latest accusations of Washington and Riyadh in an interview with CNN, to warn that “a military confrontation based on deception is horrible, will have many victims.”

“We will not hesitate to defend our territory,” said the head of Iranian diplomacy, who has advocated dialogue to resolve any discrepancies. “We have never started a war … in the last 250 years,” he said.