Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied that US sanctions were at fault for the seizure of a British-flagged Oil tanker and said the United Kingdom is responsible for taking care of its own ships and the world must do its part to keep sea lanes in the region open.
“This is because of the theocracy, the leadership in Iran,” Secretary Pompeo said on TV.
“Their revolutionary zeal to conduct terror around the world, for now, 4 decades continues.”
“This is the kind of behavior we have seen out of Iran for 40 years,”he said.
“The United States has a responsibility to do our part, but the world’s got a big role in this too, to keep these sea lanes open. I’m convinced they will do that. I’m ultimately convinced the Iranian people will get the leadership behavior they so richly deserve.”
Secretary Pompeo does not think President Trump’s “restrained and prudent” response to Iran’s shooting down a U.S. drone has emboldened the nation’s regime.
“They understand that America is powerful,” he said. “You have seen us move a few resources into the region. You’ve seen us respond in ways that are restrained. We do not want war with Iran. We want them to behave like a normal nation. I think they understand that and I think the whole world is waking up to that this threat is real.“