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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, India, Japan and South Korea in an effort to build a “global coalition” against Iran. The Secretary of State wants these five Asian powers to get behind the United State in its campaign of “maximum pressure” on Tehran, but he didn’t not rule out a U.S. military response if Tehran were to engage in further acts of aggression.
“The world understands who the aggressor is here,” he said. The Iranian regime “has taken them in a direction that their people surely do not want. So how we will respond to any particular act that the Islamic Republic of Iran takes, the President will decide when we get there,” he added.
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The U.S. proposal for a ‘global coalition’ comes a day after President Trump vowed to put additional sanctions on the regime after Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone Thursday.
The Secretary of State proposed the idea for a global alliance in the following statement before embarking on the first round of his five nation tour on Sunday:
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Our first stops will be in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two great allies in the challenge that Iran presents, and we’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned and how we can build out a global coalition, a coalition not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe that understands this challenge and that is prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.
You’ll see too that our campaign that began when President Trump took office will continue. On Monday there’ll be a significant set of new sanctions, and the world should know that we will continue to make sure it’s understood...
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