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Foreign Officials Respond To Pompeo’s Call To Form A Global Coalition Against Iran

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  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proposed a global coalition against Iran Monday that would include Saudi Arabia, the UAE and 20 other countries.
  • Some countries invited to join the coalition are still signatories on the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
  • European leaders from Germany, the EU and France have voiced concern over growing tensions with Iran and the U.S. following attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proposed a global coalition against Iran Monday during talks in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with leaders from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Pompeo was heard telling Abu Dhabi Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the meeting that the coalition would include Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as 20 other European and Asian countries, The Associated Press reported Monday. (RELATED: Iran Says US Cyber Attacks Failed)

“We’ll need you all to participate, your military folks,” Pompeo told the prince alongside several reporters. “The president is keen on sharing that the United States doesn’t bear the cost of this.”

The secretary of state revealed before leaving for the Middle East that he would be discussing “how to make sure that [the U.S. and its allies] are all strategically aligned, and how we can build out a global coalition … not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe.”

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Germany, France, Britain, the European Union, Russia and China, however, all remain signatories in former President Barack Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — or the Iran nuclear agreement — that the U.S. withdrew from in 2018 under President Donald Trump. The agreement lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for the regime to stop its nuclear program.

“The strategy of maximum pressure can’t be the right one, because one of the consequences is that we are all talking about how serious the situation is and that there is a danger of war,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told ZDF television Sunday, according to the AP. “This is the time for diplomacy. We have to ensure that these tensions are reduced because otherwise, any event — without it being clear who caused it — could lead to … a spiral of violence that ends in a war.”

A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made a similar statement.

“Exclusively diplomatic routes are needed to resolve differences,” spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said. “The EU is ready to work with partners to take this forward. … The latest developments underline the urgent need for restraint, for open channels of dialogue and for immediate de-escalation.”

(CL to CR) Secretary General of the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, Yukiya Amano and political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Abbas Araghchi attend a special meeting of the Joint Commission of parties to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on Iran's nuclear deal at Coburg palace in Vienna, Austria on May 25, 2018. (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Special meeting of the Joint Commission of parties to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on Iran’s nuclear deal at Coburg palace in Vienna, Austria on May 25, 2018. (Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

“We must find a constructive solution with one objective, which is the collective security of the region,” French President Emmanuel Macron said at a Mediterranean summit in Marseille, France, Monday.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Daily Mail over the weekend that Britain “will stand by the United States as our strongest ally, but of course, we have to consider any requests for military support on a case-by-case basis.”

Pompeo’s discussion of a coalition comes after two oil tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz on June 13. Benchmark Brent crude oil trading costs increased nearly 4% after the attack. (RELATED: Iran Hangs Ex-State Employee After He Was Convicted Of Spying For The CIA: Report)

“China gets 91% of its Oil from the Straight, Japan 62%, & many other countries likewise. So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation[?]” the president tweeted Monday in reference to the coalition plan.

“All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a dangerous journey,” he continued. “We don’t even need to be there in that the U.S. has just become (by far) the largest producer of Energy anywhere in the world! The U.S. request for Iran is very simple — No Nuclear Weapons and No Further Sponsoring of Terror!”

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