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'We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran': Pompeo

AFP  |  Sochi 

US said Tuesday that the does not want war with but vowed to keep pressuring

"We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran," told a joint conference with Russian in the resort of Sochi.

But he added: "We have also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion." said that he spoke both to Lavrov and, on Monday in Brussels, to European allies about the threat the sees from

His remarks come after the deployed an group and nuclear-capable bombers to the Middle East, although denied a report that he is considering sending 120,000 troops.

"We are looking for to behave like a normal country," Pompeo said, pointing in part to Tehran's backing of Huthi rebels in who are under attack from US ally

Huthi rebels "are launching missiles into areas where there are Russians and Americans travelling. These missiles could easily kill a Russian or an American," Pompeo said.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 23:36 IST