Pompeo Makes Unscheduled Trip to Iraq to Press US Concerns About Iran

Mike Pompeo takes part in the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi Finland

A leak from Britain's National Security Council last month suggested the government in London is planning a limited role for Huawei in its 5G network.

She said: "We are taking a robust, risk-based approach that's right for our United Kingdom market and network, and that addresses the United Kingdom national security needs".

Shortly before the meeting, Mrs May assured the House of Commons she would not consider any options which would endanger national security communications. "Other than that, I just can't say any more". Such are the tensions over the UK's future political and economic strategy that the decision was leaked-the first time this has happened following an NSC meeting-with the anti-China defence minister and pro-US hawk Gavin Williamson sacked as a result.

The US secretary of state said he and officials discussed how to defeat the remaining pockets of ISIS in the country and foreign terrorist fighters being held in detention camps.

Earlier in the day, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox had insisted there was "much less of a difference" between the United Kingdom and U.S. on the issue of involving Huawei than some had claimed.

But Hunt insisted no decision had been taken, adding that Britain would "never take a decision that compromised our ability to share intelligence" with its close allies. Pompeo didn't address Welby's comment.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced, dead-of-night jaunt to Iraq on Tuesday, showing support for the country's government in the face as escalating tensions between the USA and Iran.

Iran announced on Wednesday it was relaxing curbs on its nuclear program under the 2015 deal with world powers, and threatened to do more - including enriching uranium to a higher level - if other countries did not shield it from USA sanctions. On May 5, Washington announced that it was deploying naval assets to the Persian Gulf due to unspecified "escalatory" threats from Iran.

The US, which is the UK's leading intelligence partner, has said it will not give Huawei, which its critics say is an arm of the Chinese Communist Party, any 5G contracts, amid concerns it could be used to spy on the US.

"Should Iran cease to observe its nuclear commitments, there would of course be consequences", he said.

Maliki, who is closed to Iran, was clearly referring to the recent United States activities in Iraq against Iran.

"It makes it more hard then for the United States to be present if equipment is co-located in places where we have American systems as well". Pompeo asked, painting a fearsome picture of what could happen if the United Kingdom went "wobbly" on China.

Pompeo would not be specific about the more recent threat information involving Iran except that they involved "imminent" plans for attacks.



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