Pompeo arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit

Pompeo and DOD There is a Credible Threat From Iran and the U.S. is Preparing Accordingly

He made a surprise visit to Iraq immediately before his trip to London, assuring Baghdad that the USA opposes other states "interfering in their country" and stands ready "to ensure that Iraq is a sovereign, independent nation".

Mr Pompeo's visit comes as Iran warned it will resume uranium enrichment unless the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal - France, Britain, Germany, China and Russian Federation - can show it is worth pursuing.

The secretary told reporters on the flight that his meetings with Iraq's president and prime minister were meant to demonstrate US support for "a sovereign, independent" Iraq, free from the influence of neighbouring Iran. Speaking to reporters after his meetings, Pompeo directly linked the visit to the recent escalation with Iran, which neighbours Iraq.

In talks at 10 Downing Street, Mr Pompeo is also expected to step up U.S. pressure on the United Kingdom to isolate Iran.

Mr Trump past year unilaterally pulled the United States out of an worldwide nuclear deal with Iran, but the UK and other European powers have refused to follow his lead. "We're taking every action to deter them", he said. The US military said on Tuesday B-52 bombers would be part of additional forces being sent to the Middle East to counter what the administration of US President Donald Trump says is "clear indications" of threats from Iran to US forces there.

But in response to a question about threats from Iran or its proxies on United States forces in Iraq, the top USA diplomat mentioned both Iraq and Jordan.

The "campaign to continue to prevent ISIS terror inside of Iraq itself is something that's very central.to the Iraqi government", Pompeo said. Their presence angers the Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary force that is dominated by pro-Iran factions which played a key role alongside government forces in the fight against IS.

Iran, meanwhile, was expected to announced Wednesday that it would partially withdraw from the nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015.

Germany has wide disagreements with the Trump administration and along with other European nations still supports the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated under former U.S. president Barack Obama. German parliamentary foreign affairs committee chair Norbert Roettgen said that "even if the reasons for the rejection are unavoidable, it, unfortunately, fits in with the current climate in the relationship between the two governments". Pompeo, who returns to Europe for talks Wednesday in London, said he would try to reschedule his trip "as soon as we possibly could".

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