Washington and Tehran have been at loggerheads since the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and instead vowed "maximum pressure" against Tehran - with Baghdad repeatedly caught in the middle.
Pompeo invoked late former PM Margaret Thatcher at a speech later that day commemorating the 40th anniversary of her election, seemingly trying to shame PM Theresa May into committing to a stronger stance against Chinese tech after rumors emerged last week that the United Kingdom was considering awarding Huawei contracts for some non-core work on its 5G network.
"What can Her Majesty's Government do to make sure sensitive technologies don't become open doors for Beijing's spymasters?"
He said Britain had to be "vigilant and vocal against a host of Chinese activities that undermine the sovereignty of all nations".
"Its bribe-fuelled debt diplomacy undermines good governance and threatens to upend the free market model on which so many countries depend".
This most recent escalation comes on the eve of the anniversary of Mr Trump unilaterally withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal the USA and other nations had agreed with Iran in 2015.
Mr. Secretary said "The regime in Tehran 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 United States response", the report further said.
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Referencing Washington's declared "great power" adversaries, it insisted, "We encourage all countries, including Russian Federation and China as JCPoA participants, to make their best efforts to pursue the legitimate trade that the agreement allows for, through concrete steps".
It added, "We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the United States following their withdrawal from the JCPoA".
Hunt said Iran's announcement was an "unwelcome step" and urged the country to stick to the deal.
The moves come around the May 8 one-year anniversary of Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 nuclear accord, which aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions.
The USS Abraham Lincoln is now operating in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility (AOR) but will expedite its arrival into the Middle East, a defense official told VOA.
Meanwhile, Americans seem to fear the threats that might lead the USA into another illegal war in the Middle East.
Pompeo also said it was "disgusting" to see political leaders supporting Nicolas Maduro when he was asked about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's alleged backing for the authoritarian Venezuelan president.
"We know about the risks that the presence of Huawei and their networks present", a State Department official said ahead of the visit.