European Union foreign mins. to address Iran nuclear deal on Monday

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EU foreign policy chief said the European Union supports the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran and wants rival powers to avoid any further escalation over the issue.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Brussels today to discuss "pressing matters" including Iran, a State Department official said yesterday.

"We are very anxious about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with escalation that is unintended really on either side but ends with some kind of conflict", Jeremy Hunt said in Brussels prior to a summit of European Union foreign ministers.

Since last week, the U.S. has deployed an aircraft carrier, bombers, an assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Persian Gulf in a sign of escalating tensions in the region.

At least one, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said he feared that unintentional escalation from the USA and Iran could spark a conflict - an unusually bold statement that appeared to assign equal culpability to Washington and Tehran. President Donald Trump's top envoy plans to meet with key European allies, though the details are not yet known.

Pompeo, who departed from Joint Base Andrews near Washington en route for Brussels, will hold talks with European officials on Iran and other issues on Monday before heading to Russian Federation, the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Hook described the meetings as "very good".

"This is already the most unstable region in the world and it would be a massive step in the wrong direction".

The EU, which staunchly supports maintaining the deal even without American support, was quick to reject Iran's 60-day ultimatum, putting a major achievement of the Obama administration's efforts at limiting nuclear arms development at risk of implosion.

Iran says the strategy amounts to "psychological warfare" and a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander on Sunday said Iran would retaliate against any aggressive USA moves. He is expected to arrive in Sochi tomorrow afternoon and hold talks with Lavrov.

"Where we now bear in mind got concerns, we're going to lift them straight, slender those variations, and receive areas the place apart we are in a position to cooperate to offer protection to and come our pursuits", the decent mentioned, speaking anonymously to transient reporters on behalf of the division.

Iran responded by declaring it will scale back compliance with parts of the nuclear deal.

Speaking to CNBC in an interview to be broadcast on Monday, Pompeo said the USA deployments were in response to intelligence about potential Iranian attacks and aimed both to deter them and to be able to respond if necessary.

Their discussions would touch on arms control issues and "a full range of global challenges" including the issues of Ukraine, Venezuela, Iran, Syria, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a senior state department official said in a briefing on May 10.

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