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  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the 56th Munich Security Conference, Munich, Germany, Feb. 14, 2020

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the 56th Munich Security Conference, Munich, Germany, Feb. 14, 2020 | Photo: EFE

Published 15 February 2020
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The U.S. Secretary of State took advantage of the Security Conference to whip Iran and China.

During the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Saturday said there is no crisis of the Western civilization given that the West is defeating its enemies.

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“The West is winning, we are collectively winning, we are doing it together," Pompeo said and added that the United States does not call into question the idea of an "international community."

This statement was a tacit allusion to the inaugural address of Germany's President Frank Walter Steinmeier who questioned the commitment of the United States to multilateralism.​​​​​​

Regarding the differences between the U.S. and its allies, Pompeo said that he had spoken with his predecessor James Baker, who told him that there is always consensus on the fundamentals.

"When I talk about Iran with my European colleagues, it is clear that we know what we are talking about. We have to prevent that country from having atomic weapons. However, there may be differences in terms of the tactics we should use to deal with the problem," he said.​​​​​​​

The U.S. Secretary of State also took advantage of the MSC to try to convince European leaders that China and its companies are a threat to regional and global security.​​​​​​

"Huawei and other State-supported Chinese companies are Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence," Pompeo said, adding that China is "increasingly aggressive" given that it "invades the exclusive economic zones of Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia" and has border disputes "with almost all neighboring nations."​​​​​​​

The 56th Munich Security Conference is attended by more than 500 high-level international decision-makers who will analyze global security issues from Feb. 14 to 16.

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