US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabian king Salman Bin Abdulaziz on Monday, June 24th amid heightened tensions with Tehran after President Donald Trump called off a military strike to retaliate against Iran's downing of a US drone, AP has reported.
Iran promised to not hesitate again and would shoot down more US drones, according to Iran’s naval commander.
The downed US drone, valued at more than $100 million dollars, sparked tension between the US and Iran after Trump said the drone did not violate Iranian airspace. The series of threats followed increased sanctions on Iran.
Upon his visit to Saudi Arabia, Pompeo tweeted that he had had a “productive meeting” with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and discussed, “heightened tensions in the region and the need to promote maritime security,” in the Strait of Hormuz.
Following Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from a global nuclear deal with Iran, he went on to impose more economic sanctions. Now, Pompeo is promising even more sanctions amid rising tension in the Strait of Hormuz and the suspected Iran sponsored attacks on tanker vessels, which sparked global outrage against Iran’s ambiguous strategies in the region.