Pompeo: U.S. doesn't want war with Iran

Pompeo: U.S. doesn't want war with Iran

The United States administration doesn't want war with Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, but he warned Tehran of a "swift and decisive" US response to any attack.

Iran "has engaged in an escalating series of threatening actions and statements in recent weeks. The response of the United States and our partners and allies has been clear: We do not seek war," Pompeo said in a statement.

He noted that "Iran’s forty years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities, and taking American hostages" is a constant reminder that the U.S. must defend ourselves.

But the Secretary of State stressed that Iran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against U.S. interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive response, CNN reported.