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Kremlin says concerned over escalating Iran tensions despite Pompeo claims

AFP  |  Moscow 

The Kremlin Wednesday expressed concern that tensions over keep escalating despite assurances from US during a visit to that was not seeking war.

"So far we notice the continued escalation of tensions around this subject," Kremlin said, a day after met with

"We are saddened to see the decisions taken by the Iranian side," Peskov said, while arguing that has been provoking

Speaking in the resort city of on Tuesday, assured that his country did not want war with Iran, despite a spike in tensions that has seen the dispatch nuclear-capable bombers to the region.

But Peskov sought to play down those statements.

"There were no assurances from Pompeo," Putin's told reporters.

"And one can hardly talk about some sort of assurances. There is an obvious situation which unfortunately tends to escalate further."

last year pulled out of a nuclear deal backed by Europe, and China, which curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief.

Since then it has slapped sweeping sanctions on in an all-out effort to reduce Tehran's regional clout.

On Sunday, mysterious attacks by unknown assailants against four ships in the region, including two from Saudi Arabia, sent war talk up another notch.

Washington has accused Iran of planning "imminent" attacks in the region and on Wednesday, the US ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in the Iraqi capital and consulate in Arbil.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 17:16 IST
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