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Secretary of State Pompeo calls for ‘peaceful resolution’ to U.S.-Iran standoff

2019-09-23

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for a “peaceful resolution” to rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

"We do want a peaceful resolution to this. That is our objective,” he said Sunday.

Asked on ABC’s “This Week” if the U.S. is on track to war with Iran, Pompeo replied, “We are working diligently to see that this has a diplomatic outcome.”

But he added if that doesn’t work out, President Trump will do whatever it takes to “achieve our objectives.”

The comments came after a drone and missile attack Sept. 14 targeting a Saudi oil facility that Pompeo has blamed on Iran, the latest in a series of clashes in the region.

Iranian diplomats are scheduled to participate at the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York. Trump called a face-to-face meeting a nonstarter.

"Nothing is ever off the table, but I have no intention of meeting with Iran,” he said Sunday.

Meanwhile, Iran is calling on Western countries to stay out of Middle Eastern affairs.

“Your presence has always been a calamity for this region and the farther you go from our region and our nations, the more security would come for our region,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

The Pentagon announced Friday it was sending a small deployment of forces to Saudi Arabia at the kingdom’s request.

“We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in the announcement.