Iran’s President says, “Iran is not seeking war against any nation.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday, that the United States will maintain its pressure campaign on Iran and continue to deter aggression in the region, but does not want the conflict with Tehran to escalate.
“We have been engaged in many messages, even this moment right here, communicating to Iran that we are there to deter aggression,” Secretary Pompeo told reporters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
“President Trump does not want war and we will continue to communicate that message while doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region.”
President Trump has blamed Iran for the attacks on Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, described those and other recent incidents as “very minor.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country is not seeking to wage war against any nation while at the same time stressing that it will withstand mounting US pressure and emerge victorious.
President Rouhani’s remarks Tuesday came as Tehran and Washington are edging toward a flash-point after Tehran announced it was breaking compliance with the nuclear deal with world powers and The Trump Administration ordered 1,000 more troops to the Middle East.
President Rouhani says the “entire Iranian nation is unanimous in confronting” US pressures and that “the end of this battle will see victory of the Iranian nation.”
The escalation follows apparent attacks last week on 2 Crude Oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, assaults that Washington has blamed on Iran. Tehran has denied being involved in the attacks.