Mike Pompeo says New sanctions to be imposed on Iran for supporting terrorist groups

Abu Dhabi: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged that new sanctions would be imposed on Iran as he visited the UAE on Thursday. Mr Pompeo met Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, for talks on the regional situation and the attacks on oil centers in Saudi Arabia.

“There will be more sanctions imposed on Iran to prevent its continued support for terrorism to groups such as Hezbollah,” Mr Pompeo said. He said Washington was seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the region after the attacks. “I hope the Islamic Republic of Iran sees it the same way,” he said after meeting Sheikh Mohamed. The meeting between Mr Pompeo and top leaders from the UAE came days after the September 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil production facility that the US says was sponsored by Iran, despite Houthi rebels in Yemen claiming responsibility.

He said there was no doubt as to who was behind the attacks. “I think it’s abundantly clear and there is an enormous consensus in the region that we know precisely who conducted these attacks. It was Iran,” Mr Pompeo said. Mr Pompeo said that he was in the region to bolster diplomatic efforts against Iran.

“We are still striving to build out a coalition in an act of diplomacy while the foreign minister of Iran is threatening all-out war and to fight to the last American,” he said. “We’re here to build up a coalition aimed at achieving peace.”

Mr Pompeo has called the attacks in Saudi’s eastern region an act of war. He said he would present US President Donald Trump with the “latest details of the attack on Aramco”.

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