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

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoCheney, House Republicans express 'serious concerns' with US-Taliban deal GOP, Democrats hash out 2020 strategy at dueling retreats Overnight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions 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 Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE last year pulled out of the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran and has reimposed sanctions, increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran.