Europe warns U.S. against Iran escalation as tensions mount

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Europe on Monday urged the US not to further escalate tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, with Britain issuing a stark warning of the risk of conflict erupting ‘by accident’ in the Gulf.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a last-minute change of plan scrapping an expected Moscow trip to instead visit Brussels and meet his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany.

The ministers, from the European signatories to the 2015 accord that curbed Iran’s nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief, all publicly criticised the hardline US approach.

Iran last week announced it was suspending some of its commitments under the agreement, a year after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord and imposed swingeing sanctions on the Islamic republic — putting the deal in peril.

On Monday US President Donald Trump warned that Iran would ‘suffer greatly’ were it to ‘do anything,’ after US intelligence suggested Tehran was planning to attack US interests in the region…”

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