Report: Pompeo Warned Iran If Harms Israel, U.S. Will Respond

YERUSHALAYIM -
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arriving at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., Thursday. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Iran that if it harms Israel, the U.S. will make a robust and far-reaching military response, the Walla news site reported Thursday, quoting senior Israeli sources.

The message was delivered to Tehran prior to President Donald Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the nuclear deal; but it was not reported how the message was conveyed.

“The U.S. moved to the stage of graduated threats against Iran,” in an effort to prevent further conflict in the region.

In his recent visit to Yerushalayim, Pompeo said: “We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats to Israel and the region and Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East remains.”

“The United States is with Israel in this fight,” Pompeo pledged.

The Prime Minister’s Office had no comment on Thursday’s report.