Dec 3, 2017, 1:11 PM
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Gen Soleimani refused to open CIA letter: US spy chief

New York, Dec 3, IRNA – Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confirmed that he had written a letter to Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, but he has “refused to open the letter”.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Saturday that he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official claiming that the United States would hold Tehran accountable for any attacks it conducted on American interests in Iraq, according to Washington Post.

Pompeo said that he had sent the letter to General Soleimani, the commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, but the general hadn’t read it.

“I sent a note. I sent it because he had indicated that forces under his control might in fact threaten U.S. interests in Iraq,” Pompeo said at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley, California but General Soleimani reportedly refused to open the letter.

Pompeo repeated what he had already claimed: Iran is working to strengthen its influence throughout the Middle East.

Pompeo, who is a Republican congressman from Kansas, has been critical of the Iran nuclear deal, which the US and other nations negotiated with Tehran to lift sanctions in exchange for reductions in Tehran's peaceful nuclear program.

Of course, the spy chief has admitted that Iran is in compliance with the agreement.


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