Pompeo was previously tight-lipped on the recent detention of a British tanker by Iran. One of the authors of the US administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran, he earlier blamed the Islamic Republic for a string of attacks in the region, despite Iran’s denial of any involvement.
In a surprise move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has kept away from the ongoing diplomatic spat between London and Tehran, saying that it “falls to” the UK to protect its ships in the Persian Gulf.

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