Mike Pompeo puts off Greenland stop because of pressing business on Iran

Pompeo and DOD There is a Credible Threat From Iran and the U.S. is Preparing Accordingly

Responding to a question about whether Iraq could protect USA interests from attacks by Iran and its proxy forces, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said Tuesday that Iraq takes its responsibilities seriously.

The US is reported to be alarmed at Huawei's possible involvement in building the UK's 5G mobile network.

"The regime in Tehran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against USA interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive United States response", Pompeo said.

The top United States diplomat's unannounced visit marked an effort to stand up Washington's ties with Baghdad as it pushes ahead with its "maximum pressure" against Tehran - a USA arch-rival, but an ally of Iraq.

Margaret Thatcher would not let Huawei build Britain's 5G networks, United States foreign secretary Mike Pompeo claimed yesterday as British ministers suggested the rollout may be delayed for security reasons.

The U.S. military has "recent and clear indications" of an Iranian threat against American forces in the Middle East, defense officials said Tuesday. It is very important we control the sensitive parts of 5G networks.

Pompeo came and went in Baghdad in just four hours, meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi and President Barham Salih, according to CNN. Urban said Tuesday B-52 bomber jets were deploying to the region "to protect us forces and interests in the region and to deter any aggression".

Pompeo said the West faced the re-emergence of great power competition from China, Russia, and Iran.

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The U.S. also designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group, the first ever for an entire division of another government.

He insisted that no decision on Huawei had officially been taken by the Government and "we need to take into account the issues of an open trading system but we also have to ensure protection, particularly of our critical national infrastructure, and that we'll do".

Background: On May 8, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran would suspend two of its commitments under the JCPOA in response to the United States' withdrawal from the agreement past year.

There will be "consequences" if Iran ceases its commitments on the nuclear deal, he noted.

Mr Ellwood added: 'The words he said, and in arguing, going back to what Margaret Thatcher would have decided, I would agree and I would hope it is exactly what we are going to do'.

France, Germany and the United Kingdom stressed that the JCPoA remained "a crucial element of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and essential for our national and shared European security".

After Iran's announcement on May 8 that it is "gradually" reducing its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal and giving a deadline to other world powers to help neutralize USA sanctions, the Europeans seemed to be adopting a dual stance.

Pompeo also said it was "disgusting" to see political leaders supporting Nicolas Maduro when he was asked about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's alleged backing for the authoritarian Venezuelan president.

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