Pompeo to visit Brussels to discuss Iran

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European countries said last week they wanted to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and rejected "ultimatums" from Tehran, after Iran relaxed restrictions on its nuclear program and threatened moves that might leave the global pact. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok is at left and Croatian Foreign Minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric is at second right.

U.S. Secretary of the State will later go to Sochi in Russia, where he has a scheduled meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The exact timing and details of Monday's meeting with Pompeo are still unclear, diplomats said.

The Pentagon announced Friday that it is deploying an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to bolster an aircraft carrier force sent to counter alleged threats from Iran.

"We are very anxious about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended", said Hunt, adding it was important not to push Tehran back towards re-nuclearization.

Asked if Pompeo was blaming Iran for the attacks, Hook said: "We discussed ... what seemed to be attacks on commercial vessels that were anchored off Fujairah ... we have been requested by the UAE to provide assistance in the investigation, which we are very glad to do".

Last week, the US imposed new sanctions on four Iranian metal sectors in the latest component of President Donald Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign on Tehran after sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region in response to unspecified threats from Iran.

The ministers from the European signatories to the nuclear accord - Germany, United Kingdom and France - all publicly criticised the hardline USA approach.

US President Donald Trump said that he would meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the summit of the Group of 20 (G20) next month.

Before his meeting with Pompeo, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged Europeans to remain united in support of the nuclear deal, which was signed by the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation, and which the EU helped to negotiate. "Nobody wants Iran to get possession of an atomic bomb, and that's been achieved so far".

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Over the past month, the United States has taken an increasingly aggressive position against Iran.

Pompeo, who met individually with the ministers but not in a joint setting, did not speak to reporters as he was entering or leaving European Union headquarters.

Pompeo will meet with Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Russia from May 13-14.

This is coming on the heels of Tehran's plans last week to partially withdraw from a 2015 deal with major powers.

"We would expect coordinated steps and coordinated thinking in this regard", Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told reporters in Brussels.

British foreign minister Hunt called for "a period of calm" as he arrived for talks, warning against the danger of pushing Iran back towards developing nuclear weapons.

Pompeo's last-minute trip was likely triggered by Iran's decision on May 8 to drop a number of commitments it agreed to in a deal known as the JCPOA.

"I don't see that there's a better one, or any proposals for a better agreement", he said.

Tensions have been brewing between the USA and Iran, two nuclear-armed nations, with the Americans accusing the Middle Eastern power of preparing "imminent attacks to US interests in the region".

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