USA secretary of state Pompeo threatens Britain over Huawei 5G row

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Australia has banned Huawei from building the country's 5G networks, while other close US intelligence partners including Canada and New Zealand have yet to reach a conclusion.

Differences over Iran and Chinese communications giant Huawei's involvement in Britain's 5G development would not make a difference.

Pompeo did not shy away from describing USA policy as a "maximum pressure" approach to Iran, highlighting efforts to block Tehran's oil sales and implementing other sanctions.

Britain had indicated it would allow Huawei a limited role in building part of the network, but foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt was at pains to stress no final decision has yet been made.

Two days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cut a stop from his trip to Germany, his office announced that he was canceling another visit - this time to Greenland, where Pompeo was to see melting glaciers at the forefront of climate change.

The lightning-quick trip began and ended after nightfall and under heavy security following the abrupt cancellation of a scheduled visit to Germany by Pompeo.

The disagreements, Pompeo said, were over the different approach taken toward the 2015 nuclear accord which European countries are trying to salvage and from which the United States pulled out in May 2018.

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In the latest United States move, the Pentagon said it was sending several massive, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the region.

"We don't believe you can have those technologies in your systems and still have a trusted network", he said, emphasizing the "real risk if countries choose that path that we won't be able to participate in those networks because of the risk".

Pompeo's comments came after President Donald Trump asked Iranian leaders to "call me".

Companies from signatory nations have been wary of investing in Iran for fear of triggering USA retaliation, leaving Tehran feeling that it has not reaped expected benefits from the deal in terms of access to finance and markets for its oil. The chief topic in the talks was the United Kingdom government decision to allow Huawei limited access to 5G networks, although the Iran nuclear deal and planning for a post-Brexit free trade deal were also discussed.

Hunt said Britain and the USA had agreed that Iran should never be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon, but had a different approach on how to achieve this.

James Landale said British and United States policy towards Iran would also be discussed after Tehran announced it was pulling out of key commitments under the 2015 worldwide nuclear deal.

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