Pompeo: Peace in Middle east not possible without 'confronting Iran'

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE said on Thursday that peace in the Middle East is impossible without "confronting Iran." 

"You can’t achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran," he said at a summit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a transcript from the State Department.  "It’s just not possible."

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He added that the regional power is a "malign influence" in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. 

"You can’t get peace in the Middle East without pushing back against Iran," he added. 

Pompeo was asked about Iran following a now-deleted tweet from Netanyahu's office that said he was meeting with Arab leaders to discuss "war with Iran.”

"What is important about this meeting, and it is not in secret, because there are many of those – is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran,” the tweet, which came after Netanyahu met Oman's foreign minister, said.

The tweet is said to have been a mistranslation, however. The account later shared a similar tweet that instead mentioned "combatting Iran."

The leaders met at a U.S.-supported conference on Middle Eastern policy in Warsaw, Poland. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE last year pulled out of the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran and has reimposed sanctions, increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran.