Pompeo: US Continues Diplomacy, Doesn’t Want Iran War

Says Trump 'has done everything he can to avoid war'

While continuing to be the public face of the US response to the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is maintaining that the US focus is diplomacy, and that “we don’t want war.”

Pompeo has been seen as one of the more hawkish voices in the administration on Iran, both before and after the tanker incidents. He echoes Trump’s position on opposing a war, but also continues to emphasizes that military options are also being considered.

Pompeo went on to say that “President Trump has done everything he can to avoid war.” He added that the US was prepared to take all actions “diplomatic and otherwise” to achieve their goals in the region.

Beyond freedom of navigation, it’s not clear what the US goals in the region really are. Concern about ships going through the area near Iran have led to a substantial US military buildup, and concern about the safety of those troops is being used to justify sending yet more troops to the area.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.