“I was here in an act of diplomacy while the foreign minister of Iran is threatening all-out war to fight to the last American,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, after wrapping up a two-day emergency trip. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an “all-out war,” Tehran’s top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom’s oil industry that shook global energy markets. The comments by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif represented the starkest warning yet by Iran in a summer of mysterious attacks and incidents after the collapse of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, more than a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from the accord. They appeared to be aimed directly at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who while on a trip to the region earlier referred to Saturday’s attack in Saudi Arabia as an “act of war.” But there were also signals from both sides of wanting to avoid a confrontation. Gallery: Saudi military displays what they say are an Iranian… Read full this story
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