Britain Warns of Conflict 'by Accident' in Gulf

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing from London Stansted Airport north of London

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing from London Stansted Airport north of London

In general, the secretary of state said he has a responsibility to try to make progress with Putin's regime.

On Friday, the U.S. Pentagon announced it was sending a warship loaded with military vehicles and missiles, adding to the aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers that have already been deployed to the region.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Monday issued a stark warning of the dangers of conflict erupting "by accident" in the Gulf, as tensions between the United States and Iran soar.

The U.S. State Department said Pompeo would talk with the allies about "recent threatening actions and statements by the Islamic Republic of Iran".

Germany is working on maintaining a legal channel for trade with Iran, a government spokesman said on Monday, after Iran last week eased curbs on its nuclear programme and threatened moves that might breach a 2015 worldwide nuclear pact.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described the remarks suggesting that Iran might renege on the agreement as "very worrying", given that the European Union is still respecting the deal and trying to bolster the country's economy. The treaty is at risk of collapsing a year after the USA pulled out and piled on fresh sanctions against Iran.

Pompeo will meet Tuesday with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in the highest-level United States engagement with the Russian leader since a July summit in Helsinki after which Trump faced wide scorn at home for his trustful embrace of the Russian leader. Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbours are likely to want to become nuclear powers.

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Some observers say the North could fire more missiles, including those of a medium range, to up the pressure on the United States. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the U.S. was looking very seriously at the DPRK's latest missile launch.

"Where we now bear in mind got concerns, we're going to lift them straight, slender those variations, and receive areas the place apart we are in a position to cooperate to offer protection to and come our pursuits", the decent mentioned, speaking anonymously to transient reporters on behalf of the division.

"We are concerned about the developments and the tensions in the region", Maas said following talks with Pompeo.

What is the Iran nuclear deal?

"I don't see that there's a better one, or any proposals for a better agreement", he said. Trump has also beefed up the USA military presence in the Gulf to pressure Iran.

Maas said the Europeans "are working on the assumption that Iran won't withdraw step by step from this treaty, but rather meet all of its commitments".

But the other issues will be hard, given that Russian interference in Ukraine and Syria has caused and perpetuated those wars, respectively, and that Russian violations of arms control pacts like the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty have pushed the withdraw from the INF Treaty and possibly others, according to US officials.

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