Pompeo cancels trip to Russian Federation amid tensions with Iran

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo

Pompeo has already cancelled in recent days trips to Berlin and Greenland to focus on the Iran issue.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Brussels on Monday to discuss "pressing matters" including Iran, a State Department official said Sunday.

"Yes, he will fly directly to Sochi", the diplomat said in response to the question about the visit.

So we will see during the day how and if we'll manage to arrange a meeting. "He's always welcome obviously, but there are no precise plans at the moment", Mogherini said.

Hook said Pompeo, while in Brussels, also discussed reported attacks on several oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for "a period of calm".

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Many E.U. leaders are furious with Trump's moves on Iran, and Brussels appeared set to welcome Pompeo only grudgingly, if at all.

UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt spoke in Brussels of the dangers of an "accidentally-triggered" conflict between the USA and Iran over the unravelling of the 2015 pact signed by Tehran, Russia, China, the European Union, the UK, France, Germany and the US.

Hunt said that "if Iran becomes a nuclear power its neighbors are likely to want to become nuclear powers". If Iran walks away, we're back to maximum sanctions from nearly everyone and Iran loses a lot of their oil exporting business.

As tensions between Washington and Tehran over re-imposed USA sanctions have heightened in recent weeks, Moscow has sided with Iran in calling for the 2015 nuclear deal to remain in place.

Iran is threatening to step up uranium refinement if they don't come out of this with some sort of deal they find palatable.

"While Iran remains in compliance, the United Kingdom remains committed to the Iran deal".

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Pompeo's Russian Federation trip is scheduled from May 12 to 14.

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Mass said they also insisted on the importance of the nuclear deal.

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

"We in Europe agree that this agreement is necessary for our security".

Iran says at any given time that its demands are met, it will resume complying with the suspended commitments, which have been made impossible to continue due to the USA measures and sanctions, according to FM Zarif.

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