Mike Pompeo says US mission is to avoid war with Iran but measures in place to deter
Updated : September 22, 2019 08:49 PM IST
The United States aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region are for "deterrence and defense," US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have further escalated after an attack last weekend on Saudi oil facilities that initially disrupted half of the Kingdom's oil production, and was blamed on Tehran by the United States and Saudi Arabia.
US has slapped more sanctions on Iran, penalising the Iranian Central Bank while the Pentagon said it was sending US troops to bolster Saudi Arabia's air and missile defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom's oil facilities.