Pompeo heading to Brussels before Russia trip

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need Congress to approve Iran strikes in interview with The Hill | New sanctions hit Iran's supreme leader | Schumer seeks to delay defense bill amid Iran tensions | Esper's first day as acting Pentagon chief Pompeo meets with Saudi crown prince amid tensions with Iran Poll: 24 percent of voters want military action against Iran MORE canceled his planned trip to Moscow Monday and headed to Brussels to meet with European allies to discuss "threatening actions and statements by the Islamic Republic of Iran," the State Department said.

Pompeo is still planning to meet on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTop Democrat accuses White House of obstructing review related to Trump-Putin communications Trump on addressing election interference with Putin: 'I may' Beware the Bolton path to US military strikes on Iran MORE and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Russia, according to State. 

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Pompeo is scheduled to discuss "the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges" with Putin and Lavrov, according to the State Department.

Pompeo is scheduled to discuss a number of issues, including Iran, with officials from the United Kingdom, France and Germany while in Brussels, according to the State Department.

Tensions with Iran have flared following national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonBolton presses Iran to withdraw forces from Syria, areas of conflict Bolton: Sanctions, other pressure will bring Iran to bargaining table Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need Congress to approve Iran strikes in interview with The Hill | New sanctions hit Iran's supreme leader | Schumer seeks to delay defense bill amid Iran tensions | Esper's first day as acting Pentagon chief MORE’s announcement last week that the U.S. would deploy a carrier strike group to the region after what the U.S. called “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Tehran.

Iran responded to the announcement by saying it will reduce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal reached under the Obama administration, which the Trump administration withdrew from roughly a year ago.

The move of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group into Central Command's jurisdiction is part of an increasingly aggressive posture toward Tehran, which includes labeling Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization.

Iran responded in kind, designating all U.S. troops in the Middle East terrorists.

Updated at 8:39 a.m.