News site: Trump’s Secretary of State: We prevented a nuclear war

News site: Trump’s Secretary of State: We prevented a nuclear war
News site: Trump’s Secretary of State: We prevented a nuclear war
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Former US Secretary of State under Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, next to the President

Tell me – Former US Secretary of State under Donald Trump Mike Pompeo confirmed, in a book released on Tuesday, that the United States avoided escalation in a possible nuclear confrontation in 2019, between India and Pakistan.

Pompeo wrote in his book, “Never Change Your Mind, Fighting for the America I Love,” that he did not believe the world fully understood how close the rivalry between India and Pakistan came to a nuclear confrontation in February 2019.

The two countries were on the brink of war in February 2019, after India launched air strikes on its neighbor, justifying it by claiming that an armed group in Pakistan was behind a suicide bombing that killed 41 people among the auxiliary forces of the Indian army in the disputed Kashmir region.

Pompeo said that he was awakened by an emergency phone call from a senior Indian official, while he was in Hanoi to participate in a summit between then-US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency said that the caller “believed that the Pakistanis were beginning to prepare their nuclear weapons for a strike. He told me that India was looking at an escalation on its part.”

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“I asked him not to do anything and give us a moment to try to work things out,” he added.

According to Pompeo, US diplomats were later able to convince the two countries that neither of them was preparing a nuclear attack.

“No other country would have been able to do what we did that night to avoid a terrible outcome,” he added.

India and then Pakistan tested atomic bombs in 1998, prompting then-US President Bill Clinton to say that Kashmir is “the most dangerous place in the world.”

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